Valorant scams are being used
The only way to get a Valorant Beta Key is through Twitch Drops but there are still people out there working on ways to scam gamers. According to the latest reports, this includes offering a closed beta key generator that installs a keylogger when using it. Instead of creating a way into the Valorant beta, the fake Valorant keygen downloads the keylogger straight from Pastebin to your device.
This funnels anything you type into your PC straight to the cybercriminals who can then use it to open your accounts.
An official description from McAfee explains: “A keylogger (short for keystroke logger) is software that tracks or logs the keys struck on your keyboard, typically in a covert manner so that you don’t know that your actions are being monitored.
“This is usually done with malicious intent to collect your account information, credit card numbers, user names, passwords, and other private data.
“Legitimate uses do exist for keyloggers. Parents can monitor their children’s online activity or law enforcement may use it to analyze and track incidents linked to the use of personal computers, and employers can make sure their employees are working instead of surfing the web all day.”
This was first spotted by Albert Zsigovits, a researcher at the Sophos security firm, via Tom’s Guide.
He shared the find online, telling Riot Games: “Fake #RiotGames #Valorant game-key generators being distributed. It’s actually a stealer, stub grabs a 2nd stage keylogger from Pastebin.”
The best way to avoid this latest scam is simply to keep trying to earn a Valorant Beta Key through the official channels.
This means watching Valorant Twitch Channels so that you can earn a beta key drop.
Riot Games recently expanded the way gamers could earn a Twitch Drop, widening the choices when it comes to watching streams.
Here’s the latest news from the Valorant development team, which states: “We’ll lead with the changes and then follow up with our thought process.
“Starting now, all VALORANT Twitch streams can drop closed beta access (as long as they are playing VALORANT).
“While we’re still running closed beta drops 24/7, please note that this change doesn’t increase the number of drops, just that you can watch any Valorant stream to be eligible.
“As a reminder: drops happen at all times (even when you’re offline!), but only for players in Europe, Canada, United States, Turkey, Russia and CIS countries.
“This is based off of your Riot account’s home-based region, which you can check by logging into https://account.riotgames.com/account and seeing what is listed under country/region.”
Riot Games has also confirmed that they will be expanding the places that the Valorant Closed Beta will be playable.
This includes places like Brazil, LATAM, and Korea, although Riot Games has not confirmed a release date yet.
Riot Games has also increased its current closed beta server loads by +25% to meet demand, with more increased planned.