How I Got Pwned: A Story of Steem-Stealing Malware

SO. I bought The Surge 2 a couple months ago. Great game. Action packed. Souls-like. In a word, awesome.

I waited on the edge of my seat for the Steam download to finish. I was so stoked to play this release. But because there is no God and life is more brutal than any of us could have possibly imagined, an error came up when I clicked that lovely blue “Play” button. Something about Vulcan something or other. I searched online for a solution and found basically nothing useful, just a couple of half-baked Reddit threads with no answers. There were, however, a couple of alleged fixes on YouTube.

Long story short, I followed the instructions in one of the videos, and promptly got the most gnarly malware I’ve gotten in years (probably since before I watched my adult videos on anything besides PornHub). My computer locked up, relentlessly opening and closing programs and web browsers, sending me on a game of computer virus Whack-a-Mole that lasted a few hours. Turns out I just needed to update my video card driver, and the whole thing was entirely avoidable. yay.

Almost a week after this debacle, I logged into Steem to see how things were going around here. I wasn’t really active here at the time, just logging in once a week or so to buy or sell SteemMonsters, read a couple of pos- wait, WTF?

I didn’t transfer that 552 STEEM to @blocktrades. I made a short, frustrated post and ragequit. The transfer occurred on the day that I tried to fix my game and got pwned. I still hadn’t put together the pieces of this puzzle - that the malware had stolen my STEEM via my browser, which evidently had my password saved.


After taking that hit, I really just needed to walk away from this platform for awhile. 552 Steem isn’t all that much in the grand scheme of things, but it was enough to me feel like I had wasted a lot of time and energy.

That being said, I think it’s time for me to start posting here again. It’s good for me to be writing and presenting my creative outlets, and I’ve got some new projects in the works (new band, working in GameMaker Studio) to write about.

Don’t trust fixes for games on YouTube! Is the lesson of this post! See ya’ll soon 🔥

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If this malware still has access to your computer would changing your keys do anything? I am guessing and hoping you already had your computer cleaned up with some good malware program.

15.01.2020 21:15

Yeah, I cleaned her up, haven’t had problems since. I did change my keys, but you’re right that wouldn’t do any good if it just got to my acc thru my browser. Thanks for stopping by!

15.01.2020 22:32

It's bad and I feel for you - but I'm astonished that someone knew enough about Steem to realize that there might be something to steal.

15.01.2020 22:34

Right?!? That was my first thought too. Who targets Steemians??

15.01.2020 22:43

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15.01.2020 22:40

Thanks a lot for the information. I've resteemed so that it reaches more people.

By the way, were you storing the Steem Keys directly in the Browser or were you using the KeyChain Extension developed by @yabapmatt?

15.01.2020 23:38

Thanks so much!! Apparently I had my Steem keys in the browser, I do know about KeyChain though. I’ll be switching to KeyChain from now on, seems more secure

16.01.2020 23:08

Sorry to hear - 552 STEEM is a lot to lose. Glad to see you found the motivation to come back.

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16.01.2020 00:51

Thanks, excited to be back!

16.01.2020 23:08

So sorry to hear of this. Glad you have put much of the anger aside.

16.01.2020 01:09

Good to see you’re still here, @practicalthought ❤️

16.01.2020 23:09

Appreciate the warning, thanks.

16.01.2020 02:31

No problem!

16.01.2020 23:09

😔 😔 😔 @w0wsk1 I feel so sorry for you... Maybe one really should check frequently if a power down has started. always tells you - and shows a (unwanted) power down in the wallet and in that case - changing the keys on another device...
But I know - it doesn't help you now... @peekbit

16.01.2020 04:40

Yeah, now I guess I know for the future! Thanks for stopping by!

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17.01.2020 00:34

Ahhhh that’s awful man... did you change your passwords and confirm the computer and account is safe?

That’s the first time I’ve heard of hackers taking steem from YouTube, I guess the crypto hackers know what they are doing

01.02.2020 06:48