What is Discord virus? Investigating a new online fraud

Discord virus
Discord virus

Discord virus is another example of malware distribution through the social network. Just like another case, called Facebook virus, this one is performed in a popular communication platform. There are several differences between viruses spread on Facebook and through Discord, but let’s check all information step-by-step.

Explaining the Discord virus

Discord virus is only the name of a spamming campaign that takes place on this communication platform. The exact type of malware you can get through these tricks may vary in an extensive range. Nonetheless, the fraudsters’ method to fool you cannot be named original. There are two well-distinguishable ways – thick and gentle. A thick method is used in massive attacks. The possible victim receives a malicious link with a clickbait text from an unknown user. Because all such messages are suspicious, Discord additionally shows you the notification that it is dangerous to click the links and open the files received from unknown users. Nonetheless, the most careless people may be caught even in such an easy trap.

Discord virus
The example of virus distribution in Discord

Gentle method requires a server, where the fraudster makes an image of a typical user interested in a theme of discussion. Then he sends the same message as in the thick method but adds something attractive for other participants. Such a distribution requires social engineering skills, time, and patience. But the trust level of users is much higher, and in the case of large (200+ active participants), server virus distributors may hit the jackpot.

Important details: how the trust is established

You will barely distinguish a malware distributor among other users when he tries to commit a malicious link stuffing. And it is hard even to predict such behavior because of the specific audience present in Discord. This platform is generally used by gamers, programmers, and similar categories of users. They often need to deal with self-made programs, dubious applications, or other stuff, which often causes a hysterical reaction to antivirus tools. Hence, the requirement to disable the anti-malware software at the moment of program start or adding this app to the white list does not look suspicious.

But there are several moments which are not obvious for a new or not experienced user but can easily be refuted by advanced ones. A lot of Discord virus cases were conducted with sending a “free patch for Discord which will enable Nitro features without purchasing”. People who know how the Discord subscription model works will surely figure out this fake. Data about the account’s privileges are kept on a server handled by the developers of this program. You have paid for Discord Nitro is approved by the corresponding incoming payment. And there is no way to change this data and enable the feature for your account by cracking the client version of the application.

N.B. There are also several other variants of malware distribution in Discord, you can read about them here.

How dangerous the Discord virus is?

Not as dangerous as, for example, ransomware. This way of malware distribution is not anonymous. It will be straightforward for cyber police to track a user who spreads some dangerous malware. However, it is still nothing pleasant in coin miner, spyware, adware1 or any other malicious thing. Be very careful when making use of software that an unknown person recommends. The same instructions are for unnatural links, pretending to be downloading ones for some useful software.

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By Stephanie Adlam

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