Recently, cybercriminals have been promoting fake blockchain games on social media platforms. These games, such as “Brawl Earth,” “WildWorld,” and “Dawnland,” are designed to infect the computers of unsuspecting Mac users with cryptocurrency-stealing malware. Security researcher Iamdeadlyz was the first to report on these malicious games, which have been aggressively promoted through various channels, including websites, “verified” Twitter accounts, and Discord channels.
The attackers behind this campaign have even resorted to sending private direct messages to potential victims, offering them access codes to download these fake games. It is likely that victims are being targeted based on their interest in cryptocurrency-related topics. The latest version of the malware, known as “Realst,” is capable of infecting even the unreleased macOS 14 Sonoma, indicating that the threat is actively being developed by its creators.
Once installed, Realst steals information from web browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Brave, and Vivaldi, as well as cryptocurrency wallets. The stolen data is then sent back to the cybercriminals. It is worth noting that the Safari browser appears to be unaffected by this malware. Security researchers at SentinelOne have identified 16 distinct variants of the Realst malware for macOS. Additionally, a Windows version of the malware, called “RedLine Stealer,” has also been distributed.
The success of this malware campaign relies on the enthusiasm of investors to earn free cryptocurrency, potentially overriding their common sense and caution. It is crucial for users to remain vigilant, only download software from trusted sources, and keep their operating systems and security software up to date.
– Fake blockchain games are being used to infect Mac computers with cryptocurrency-stealing malware.
– Cybercriminals aggressively promote these games on social media platforms and through direct messages.
– The malware, named “Realst,” is capable of infecting the unreleased macOS 14 Sonoma.
– Realst steals information from popular web browsers and cryptocurrency wallets.
– Security researchers have identified multiple variants of the malware for macOS and a Windows version called “RedLine Stealer.”
– Users should remain cautious, download software from trusted sources, and keep their systems updated to protect against such threats.