With well over 11 million users, it’s clear why Discord is king when it comes to voice and text-chat for gamers. But what happens when these trusted chat groups are infiltrated by hackers looking to spread malware?
According to new research released by Symantec – the makers of Norton products – attackers have used Discord to distribute malicious malware to gamers using the chat servers. Symantec has even found some groups using Discord as a black market to sell malware or stolen data.
Symantec Security Response contacted Discord’s security team when the discovery was made and Discord quickly removed the malicious files from the servers’ chat channels. Discord has since added a new virus scan feature which runs on the backend whenever a user uploads an executable or archive file.
We have included some best practices below my signature for gamers using Discord. For more information about the hacking groups spreading malware, please visit Symantec’s blog or let me know if you’d like to speak with a security expert.
Nick Shaw, Vice President of Symantec’s Norton division, recommends users adhere to the following best practices when using Discord:
- Do not download or run programs from people you do not know.
- Use the service’s permission control features which allow users to regulate the server’s users.
- Restrict users’ permissions to curb abuse on the service, or grant individual permissions for better control.
- When joining a Discord server, be careful of the content being posted on the chat channels.
- Do not give out personal information to strangers when using the voice channel.