Discord is an incredibly popular place for gamers to come together to chat and play. Because it’s so popular, malicious individuals are targeting scams, including one that could lead to you having a rather nasty virus on your computer.
Perhaps the most popular (and dangerous) Discord scam involves a shady individual messaging you asking to try a beta of their game. However, there is no game, and the software you install is actually a virus that could take control of your account.
The scam was reported by Reddit user Beautiful_Ad_4680, and their post explains that the virus is a RAT called Bby Stealer. They also broke down the virus on GitHub to figure out exactly how it works.
Here’s what’s actually happening according to Beautiful_Ad_4680:
The plan here is to get a user to run the virus, a webhook sends all info about them which includes: email – password – payment methods – IP – badges, and so on and also includes “HQ Friends”, this is the key behind this RAT’s success, it helps the hackers targeting friends of their victims, obviously this is used to do illegal purchases and sell Discord accounts with rare badges.
You could completely lose your Discord account, which will then victimize your friends, tricking them in the same way you were tricked. That means that not only do you have to worry about random Discord accounts, but you have to watch out for your friends messaging you to test a game.
A Discord employee also commented on the post with a thank you, but the representative didn’t say whether it had any plans to address the scam. “Thanks for this writeup u/Beautiful_Ad_4680, really important to be super wary of any given file (yes, even apparent images, gifs, videos), especially those .exes for my Windows friends, before you download it. While you’re at it, watch out for links too,” said the Discord representative.
There are other Discord scams out there to be aware of, including people sending fake Discord Nitro gifts and fake Steam account reports. To put it simply, if you receive a message that seems abnormal, your best bet is to investigate it fully before you click anything. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Make sure you take the necessary steps to secure your Discord account, too.