Hackers Extorting Bitcoin from Stolen ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ Accounts
Hackers are targeting the accounts of the popular online game Call of Duty: Warzone and demanding bitcoin as a ransom payment from the victims to return the account, reported Motherboard.
Several victims are also complaining that the publisher behind the game, Activision is unresponsive to their requests for help. One victim told Motherboard,
“I turned it on one day, and my account was logged out, and I couldn't sign in with my credentials, so I made a new account because I could not get in contact with Activision support, which I'm so mad about.”
Some of the hacks are done through previously compromised passwords from other websites, which is a common technique as finding breached data online is rather trivial. With people using the same password on multiple devices, it becomes easy for the hackers to break into their accounts.
The Warzone accounts that are advertised with rare weapon skins are on sale for hundreds of dollars.
Skins are awarded on fulfilling certain challenges, which at times can be time-consuming. They can also be purchased with an in-game currency, which can be bought with real money.
Activision actually recorded an increase of $596 million in in-game spending earlier this year. A large chunk of this comes from this free version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Warzone.
In this game, players fight among 150 other players to be the last team standing. All the progress is saved to the Activision account of the player, and losing the account means they no longer have their character, ranking, and items.
In one case, the hacker demanded $400 from the victim to prevent their data, including bank information and posted a bitcoin address.
This bitcoin address has received a total of 1.2 BTC, worth about $12,000.