On Your Side Alert: Malware targets gaming chat rooms
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -
Right now, cyber crooks are targeting popular gaming sites. Experts say they're hoping to deceive your kids when they are in chat rooms. Cyber expert, Patrick Siewert, with Pro Digital Forensic Consulting, says online games can be fun and entertaining, but warns, that fun can quickly turn into cyber trouble.
He says crooks are targeting popular gaming sites like Steam with a malware. Your child could become a victim when they enter the site's chat room. Crooks are using enticing messages like, "OMG you have to see this picture, click here." If they click, it's game over, a virus is installed and their computer is compromised.
"The account is linked to a credit card and they could start trying to access that credit card information or just downloading games fraudulently on a credit card account," he explained.
We reached out to Steam to get a response about cyber crooks targeting its site. We never got a response -- but we did find a warning on its site. The company has a security section with safety tips and warns users to never click links from un-trusted sources.
"A lot of kids are using it and it is mostly geared towards teenagers and children, so I think it is important that parents know that this vulnerability is there." Siewert said.
His son uses the Steam site and has seen the malicious links in the chat room. Parents, here's the frightening part -- if your child has clicked the fraudulent links, there is no way to tell and crooks could be working in the background. If you suspect you're a victim, you do have options.
"I would probably do a full system restore to an earlier point before you clicked on that link," Siewert explained.
Cyber crooks are always on the prowl and parents if you haven't already, take some time to talk your kids about computer safety.
"They are always trying to find new targets and once they find a new target they can exploit, they will ride with as long as they can until it gets shutoff," our expert told us.
A reminder, never let your guard down, crooks can pop-up anywhere.