Are you using Discord? An urgent warning is sent to all users about a strain of malware called TroubleGrabber. It is an information thief that collects and exfiltrates login credentials and other related information.
Discord is a digital messaging and distribution platform primarily used by gamers for voice calls, video calls, text messaging, private chat, and media file exchange.
Gamers love this platform because it uses a simple and very flexible app for fast communication. It also has unique features that organize content based on rooms, hashtags, groups or categories.
Unfortunately, a few malicious actors have taken advantage of the Discord platform. They use it to spread the “TroubleGrabber” strain of malware.
Malware Discord: TroubleGrabber
According to Cyberstreams, Netskope researchers first discovered the malware strain in October 2020. TroubleGrabber was found to be responsible for over 85% of all malware attacks targeting Discord servers that month.
TroubleGrabber shares many similarities with infamous older malware known as AnarchyGrabber. Both are information thieves, who collect data from an infected system. This means data such as login information, name, address, passwords, and IP addresses.
Note, however, that TroubleGrabber has an additional dangerous advantage as malware. It has a feature that quickly spreads to Discord friends lists.
Worse yet, the unknown hacker behind this malware has posted a “helpful” video instruction on how to use TroubleGrabber in Discord Servers, by Cyberstreams. This makes it much easier for malicious actors to manipulate and use the malware strain.
YouTuber Siam Alam has posted a video demo of Discord Token Stealer “TroubleGrabber”. The YouTuber pointed out the process of corrupting the system and all the files related to the malware. Towards the end of the video, the YouTuber also discovered a bunch of TroubleGrabber virus files. These files could potentially slow down processing performance.
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How to Avoid TroubleGrabber Malware
TroubleGrabber is mostly shared through Discord channels. It takes many different file forms, some of which are:
- Game codes
- Game Tips
- Game hacks
- Game mods
- Discord nitro generator
- Discord file installer
- Software Crack Files
Certainly, it is difficult to determine whether a file is corrupted or not. Thus, Discord users are advised to assume that most of the files currently shared on Discord are infected with TroubleGrabber.
To avoid TroubleGrabber, Discord users should keep the following reminders in mind.
- Never download Discord outside of its official site. TroubleGrabber can easily hide its presence on a corrupted Discord software installer.
- Do not use Discord Nitro generators. Discord Nitro is a subscription service used on the platform. Some users are trying to make their way through the Nitro code generators. Be warned that this is one of the most popular operators for TroubleGrabber
- Never open links from suspicious websites. Because Discord is a wide area network, many anonymous users can send messages. Avoid opening these messages, especially if they contain suspicious links.
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