Beware of Malware in Windows Apps on the Microsoft Store
Be careful the next time you download a game from the Microsoft Store on Windows, as dangerous malware lurks in clones of several popular games. Before downloading anything, make sure it is the real app and not a fake.
According to security research firm Check Point (via beeping computer), there are clones of popular games like temple run and Subway surfers appearing on the Microsoft Store that contain the Electron Bot malware.
The malware is a backdoor that gives the attacker full control over the infected machines with the aim of promoting social media and click fraud through Facebook, Google, YouTube and Sound Cloud.
Confirmed game publishers publishing the spoofed games are Lupy Games, Crazy 4 Games, Jeuxjeuxkeux Games, Akshi Games, Goo Games, and Bizzon Case. Needless to say, if you see a game from one of these companies, don’t download it. An example of a game name is Temple Endless Runner 2, which is meant to trick you into thinking it’s a sequel to temple run.
So far the malware has infected around 5,000 computers in Sweden, Israel, Spain and Bermuda and there are sure to be more as the malware spreads.
To avoid getting infected, make sure to avoid Windows Store games whose names don’t quite match the known entity. Beware of games with high rating scores and low rating counts, and avoid games from the publishers listed above. Basically, use common sense and make sure the game or app you download is what you think it is.