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Malicious actors are impersonating MSI's Website, distributing compromised Afterburner software

By Rhyn Chan - on 17 May 2021, 3:48pm

Malicious actors are impersonating MSI's Website, distributing compromised Afterburner software

Phishing attempts are increasing in numbers and they’re becoming more sophisticated. Unfortunately, MSI was caught in the crossfire when malicious actors hosted a website masquerading as them to disseminate a compromised version of their Afterburner utility, a popular graphic card management software.

The company sent out a warning on social media and their statement is as follows:

MSI is informing the public of a malicious software being disguised as the official MSI Afterburner software. The malicious software is being unlawfully hosted on a suspicious website impersonating as MSI’s official website with the domain name https://afterburner-msi.space. MSI has no relation with this website or the aforementioned domain.

The fraudulent website imitates MSI’s official webpage appearance and design, and offers downloads for MSI’s Afterburner. This webpage is hosting software which may contain virus, trojan, keylogger, or other type of malicious program that have been disguised to look like MSI Afterburner. DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANY SOFTWARE FROM THIS WEBSITE.

To further clear the air, MSI states that their website is not affected in any way, and have taken actions against the imposter website.

If, by any chance, you’ve downloaded and installed the software, now is a really good time to uninstall it and run a full virus scan of your system. Once that’s done, you can grab the official version of Afterburner from MSI’s website over here.

Source: MSI

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