A Vicious Origin Exploit Is Making Everyone Vulnerable To Hackers
In a similar vein to the exploit found within Steam last year, it has been revealed that EA’s digital distribution and DRM system, Origin, has a few cracks, and they’re leaving everyone susceptible to some nasty hacking attacks. Apparently a new exploit is giving hackers the ability to infiltrate a remote computer (yours), via uniform resource identifiers (URI).
If you’re not entirely sure what that means, here’s the simple version. A hacker sends a link to the target, which looks like a genuine Origin link, and clicking on it opens up your computer to all sorts of nasty malware and more. Research group ReVuln stated during a presentation that this exploit was present in Origin right now, with an “origin://” prefixed link being the only thing needed to start infecting your PC. A similar prefix format was used to exploit Steam in the same way last year, much to Valve’s dismay.
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EA has been notified and is apparently aware of the problem. Considering Origin now has 40 million users, it’s a problem they really need to hurry up fixing.
“Our team is constantly investigating hypotheticals like this one as we continually update our security infrastructure.”
Hypotheticals? So, what you’re saying EA, is that you’re not even entire sure if this problem exists yet? Well that’s comforting.
That said, be wary of any Origin links from here on out. Check the prefix, then check it again, then maybe get some food and check it a third time. It’s like crossing the road, just it’s only at your desk, and it’s your computer that’s at risk of being run over.