Fake DirectX12 download site installs crypto-stealing malware

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It seems malware owners have found a new way to trick users into installing their software, and unfortunately, Google is helping.

Security researcher Oliver Hough discovered that hackers have created a fake DirectX 12 download site, which appears fully formed with a security certificate, privacy policy, disclaimer, DMCA policy and more, but which instead pushes malware that will scan your PC for private information.

That information includes items such as a screenshot of your desktop, your PC detail, cookies and importantly any crypto-currency wallets you may have, with the malware searching for Ledger Live, Waves.Exchange, Coinomi, Electrum, Electron Cash, BTCP Electrum, Jaxx, Exodus, MultiBit HD, Aomtic, and Monero.

The information is then saved in a temporary directory and uploaded to the hacker’s network.

The approach is part of a new wave of hackers using faked but legitimate-looking download pages, with us reporting recently of hackers faking Microsoft Store pages and Spotify download pages. Other download pages which have been cloned include ProtonVPN, Windows system cleaners, and BleachBit.

Hackers have been using hacked websites to link to their fake pages, increasing the page’s Google Search Rank and tricking more users into clicking on their fake download links.

It is therefore increasingly important that users be more vigilant when search for software to download, even when typing “Spotify download” into Google for example, and carefully check a page’s credentials and URL before downloading, and not assume the first link will be the legitimate one.

BleepingComputer notes that ideally, users should stick to the app store built into their PCs, though we have seen even these services being used to push malware.
With the web continuing to be the wild west, it is vital to take a paranoid approach to download software and only install software from trusted sites or the developer's site.

As DirectX is a Microsoft feature, it makes sense that you should only install it from Microsoft and that downloading it from anywhere else can likely lead you to trouble.
 
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