Technology malware on discord

12:10  22 october  2021
12:10  22 october  2021 Source:   zdnet.de

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Check Point Research (CPR), the Research Department of Check Point Software Technologies, has found first signs of the interest of malignant actors on the emerging technology of Discord . The most prominent sign is a multifunctional malware accessible to Github for anyone. This malware is able to create screenshots to download and execute additional files as well as to perform keylogging - and all using the core functions of Discord.

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Discord currently lists over 150 million monthly users and is particularly popular with younger users . Discord allows users to integrate code for advanced features that enable a simpler management of the community. These are the discord bots. With the increasing popularity of Discord, the use of these bots has risen. Currently, most discord bots can be installed over central services such as top.gg "offering a wide selection of free bots.

In addition, there are Discord-Bot Development Services offering tailor-made discord bots to different prices. Users, however, should be aware of a thing: the Discord Bot Framework can be easily used for malicious purposes.

Discord bots seem to be powerful, friendly and very time-saving. But with great power is also great responsibility, and the Bot Framework of Discord can be easily used for malicious purposes. CPR found several malicious repositories on Github that are relevant to the Discord platform. These repositories include malware based on the Discord API, and malignant bots with different functions.

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An example of this is the malignant Toolkit Discordrootkit. This special malware written in Python seems to have multiple features:

Opening a shell on the current device. Find different browser tokens - Chrome , Opera, Yandex. Create screenshots. Recording webcam snapshots from the camera's camera. Log different malware actions. Download a file from a specified link. Copy a file to the Windows startup directory for you to run when booting.

Christine Schönig, Regional Director Security Engineering Cer, Office of the CTO at Check Point Software Technologies GmbH, therefore warns: "Discord offers users a wide range of features and ways to network, chat and share content. However, the infrastructure provided for this may also be used for malignant purposes such as the development of malware, the establishment of Botnets, C2 communication and the hosting of malignant files. The Discord API does not require a kind of confirmation or approval and can be used by anyone. Due to these freedoms of the Discord API, there is the only way to prevent discord malware, in deactivating all discord bots. However, this can not happen without damaging the discord community sustainably. Consequently, it is on the users themselves to protect their devices. "

steps to protect themselves from discord-based malware and how to detect whether they are infected:

avoid visiting uncertain and unknown websites - suspicious links are always A warning signal Download only files from trusted sources - Do not download a file if you are not sure that it is safe to monitor traffic on your network - if Discord traffic is available, although discord does not install on the system is, they may have been infected with a discord-based malware. If you work with discord bots, we strongly recommend that you host unknown bots on an external server and do not let them run on their own computer.

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