The global online gaming community is increasingly threatened by cyber-criminals who exploit vulnerabilities in gamers’ interactions with digital content [1] [2] [3]. This poses a significant concern within the gaming community and the broader cybersecurity landscape [1] [3].


A recent report highlights a targeted campaign that utilizes Discord messages and fake download websites to distribute information-stealing malware within the gaming sphere [1] [2] [3]. Gamers are often unknowingly exposed to deceptive tactics employed by threat actors [1] [3], such as enticing in-game offers and fake cheat codes [1] [2] [3]. These tactics prompt gamers to run malicious payloads associated with info-stealing malware [1] [3]. The severity of this digital threat is on the rise.

In a specific incident in July 2023 [1], French gaming influencers were targeted through a Discord message offering exclusive access to what appeared to be a genuine game [1] [2] [3]. However, the compromise of data in this incident was traced back to a fake game downloaded from Discord [1] [3], which is part of the broader campaign described in the report [1] [3]. Malicious payloads are distributed through messages from compromised accounts [1] [3], specifically targeting individuals of interest to maximize their influence [1] [3]. These messages contain links that lead users to download a malicious file or visit a fraudulent website [1] [3].

The report identifies multiple info-stealer families [1] [2] [3], including Doenerium and Epsilon Stealer [1] [2] [3], which have low antivirus detection rates [1] [2] [3]. To counter these threats [1] [2] [3], security experts recommend downloading software exclusively from official and trustworthy sources [1] [2] [3]. Additionally, they provide guidance on post-infection steps [1] [3], such as computer resets and password changes [1] [2]. It is crucial for the gaming community to remain vigilant and take proactive measures to protect against cyber-criminal activities [2].


The increasing severity of cyber-criminal activities targeting the global online gaming community raises concerns for both gamers and the broader cybersecurity landscape. It is essential for gamers to be cautious and only download software from official and trustworthy sources. Taking proactive measures [2], such as computer resets and password changes [1] [2], can help mitigate the risks associated with these threats. The gaming community must remain vigilant and stay informed about the evolving tactics employed by cyber-criminals to protect themselves and their digital assets.