Beware of fake MSI Afterburner, it contains malware and mining software

The old familiar song, robbers and thieves are always figuring out how to get rich. And why not use everyone’s favorite graphics card service program?

Personally, I can’t imagine graphics operation without MSI Afterburner. I can adjust the fan curve, reduce the core voltage, check the power limit or set system usage statistics. I also use this during testing and you have already seen it several times in articles (and mainly I guess pictures of everything I steam). Of course, such a handy utility enjoys high popularity and it is not surprising that there are sometimes criminals who want to exploit it.

Therefore, be careful where you download and install MSI Afterburner. Researchers at the Cyble Intelligence and Research Lab (CRIL) discovered several phishing campaigns that use Afterburner to install the Monero cryptocurrency miner and information-stealing malware. The program appeared on more than fifty fake sites targeted by the phishing campaign. This includes promotional emails, ads and other junk to spread fake sites. Once a disaster occurs, it is difficult to detect. This is because the miner only joins the mining pool after 60 minutes, when the CPU objectively does nothing. Meanwhile, the RedLine Stealer malware snoops around and collects all kinds of information. You can find the technical analysis here. Safe Afterburner is here.

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