Crypto gangs duped gamers to steal $2 million in mining heist

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Gamers, you could unwittingly be helping cybercrime gangs hijack your home mainframe to mine the cryptocurrency Monero.

Anti-virus firm Avast are saying cybercriminals have been loading up dodgy versions of smash hit games with crypto-mining malware called Crackonosh, which secretly generates digital money once the game is loaded.

It is estimated criminals have made more than $2m of the Monero from the scam so far, with many tens of thousands of unwitting victims worldwide.

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