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Illegal copies of Watch Dogs have Bitcoin miner malware included


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Were you to have downloaded a specific torrent file of the new game, Watch Dogs, you might find you were getting more than you bargained for, as it contains a Bitcoin miner to use your system resources for the gain of others.

The app installs itself, then uses the name winlogin.exe to run, which is similar to a standard Windows process called winlogon.exe. The malware uses around 25 per cent of your system resources and is mining Bitcoins for the industrious person who decided to plonk it in a torrent for one of the year's most anticipated games.

Users who downloaded and installed the release claiming to be from well-known group "skidrow" have reported various problems. Some are seeing bluescreens, some are just seeing the slowdown you'd expect from a process using 25 per cent of available systems resources. No one has reported that this release actually works though.

There's really not much of a surprise here, if you download torrents you have to expect that there's a chance a malicious user might have done something naughty to it. If you think you might be infected with this Bitcoin miner, then a virus scanner should help you find out for sure. One user of the imageboard 4Chan reports that the malicious file is stored in c:\users\username\AppData\Roaming\OaPja. You'll see two files, winlogin.exe and the miner itself, called ltc.exe.

Watch Dogs is out tomorrow for download and costs about £40.

Read more: Watch Dogs hands-on review

Via: SlashGear

Noel Grundy

May 26, 2014, 10:35 pm

Bit of an irony given what the game is about :-)

darren evans

May 27, 2014, 3:38 pm

i got this on friday, no virus. Glad i never payed for it as it is terrible

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