DOTA Players…0wn3d?!?

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This is the typical scene in DOTA before a game starts.

DOTA (Defense of the Ancients) is a very popular custom- made scenario map for Warcraft III. Popular enough that there is even a hit song named after it.

DOTA is usually played online with two teams against each other with at most five players on each side. Each player selects from a range of heroes with unique skills. The goal of the game is to destroy the opponent's base.

Even though this is not an MMORPG game, hundreds of thousands of players are still hooked to this game.

Because of its popularity, a lot of cheats, including map hacks, emerged. Map hacks in DOTA are cheat programs that enable the player to see everyone, including opponents, in the game. A player who wants to cheat would typically search for map hacks so as to have an advantage in the game.

DOTA hot keys are programs used to save combinations of key strokes. They are popular because in the game, it is an advantage to be able to press certain key combinations faster and with greater accuracy.

Nowadays, even DOTA is also targeted by malware writers through social engineering. We recently found several samples relating to DOTA; some mimicking the Warcraft III Frozen Throne icon, others pretending to be DOTA map hacks and even hot keys.

Malware that we have found related to DOTA are usually log sniffers and backdoor trojans belonging to the TrojanSpy:Win32/Logsnif and Backdoor:Win32/PcClient families.

Ironic that downloading programs that allow you to cheat in a game may result in a hacker cheating you for something more valuable.

Play fair, play safe.

(Good Luck and Have Fun!)
--Francis & Elda

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