Some GTA V PC mods want to steal your passwords

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Oh, the irony. Some of the user-made modifications for Grand Theft Auto V on PC – a game about criminals with itchy fingers – disguise malware that steals players’ passwords.

Two mods, specifically – one called Angry Planes that spawns really aggressive jets that attack you, and another called Noclip that lets you see inside of otherwise-inaccessible objects – have been picked up as infected with bad code that will compromise your PC.

It was first reported on GTAForums, and verified by mod site GTA5-mods.com that those specific mods install a file called Fade.exe that quietly sits in the background, logging keystrokes.

Should you have used either of these mods – or any other GTA V mods for that matter, just in case – you’re strongly advised to change all of the passwords you’ve entered on your PC in the last few weeks to be safe (the console versions of the game aren’t moddable, and therefore aren’t vulnerable).

GTA5-mods.com has removed the offending mods from its site, and informed gamers to uninstall those mods (the link tells you how) and download and use Malwarebytes to detect and remove all traces of them.

They’ve also pledged to beef up their approval process for submitted mods, and told modders to submit their creations in a verifiable format rather than “…compiled scripts in .asi, .dll, or .net.dll formats.”

All of this is quite a pity, as the community of players enjoying Grand Theft Auto V on PC have come up with some pretty cool modifications for the game so far that do everything from dropping whales onto land to adding guns that fire cars, not bullets, enticing many players to give them a try.

If you want to try mods but maintain your safety, hit up the forums on both GTAForums and GTA5-mods.com and read as much as you can about the ones you want to try first, and avoid mods that are brand-spanking new altogether.

[Source – GTAForums, GTA5-mods.com, Image – GTA5-mods.com]

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.

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