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Activision is investigating password-stealing malware targeting gaming gamers.

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According to TechCrunch, video game company Activision is investigating a hacking attempt aimed at collecting gamers’ passwords.

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Aside from collecting passwords for numerous sorts of accounts, it is unclear what the hackers’ exact intentions are. According to reports, the hackers are infecting the victims’ computers with malware before collecting passwords for their gaming accounts and cryptocurrency wallets, among others.

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A person with knowledge of the incidents, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press, stated that Activision Blizzard is investigating, attempting to “help remove the malware,” and “working on identifying and remediating player accounts for anyone affected.”

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“There is not enough data yet on how [the malware] is spreading,” the individual stated. “It could be only affecting folks who have third-party tools installed.”

Activision representative Delaney Simmons told TechCrunch that the firm is aware of “claims that some player credentials across the broader industry could be compromised by malware from downloading or using unauthorized software,” but that the company’s systems “remain secure and uncompromised.”

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The virus operation appears to have been discovered initially by Zebleer, a developer and seller of cheating software for the popular first-person game Call of Duty. On Wednesday, Zebleer stated on the PhantomOverlay cheat provider’s official channel that hackers were targeting players, some of whom use cheats, in order to acquire their usernames and passwords.

Zebler told TechCrunch that he became aware of the hacking attempt when a PhantomOverlay user had their cheat software account taken. At that time, Zebler explained, he began researching and discovered the database of stolen credentials that the hackers were gathering.

Following that, Zebler stated that he contacted Activision Blizzard and other cheat producers, whose users appear to be affected.

TechCrunch received a sample of the purported stolen logins and confirmed that some of the credentials are authentic. It is unclear if the data is ancient or recent.

At this moment, there is no reason to suspect that ordinary Activision game players are at risk; just those who utilize third-party software such as cheats.

In any event, Activision’s Simmons told TechCrunch that consumers who fear they have been compromised may reset their password and enable two-factor authentication.

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