Because of their popularity, bots have become a target for cybercriminals looking to exploit users. Let’s explore the possible security risks of using Discord bots, such as malware and data leaks.
Can Discord Bots Hack You?
So what exactly is a bot, and why should you be concerned about them? Discord Bots are essentially automated accounts that can handle various tasks. They can be used to moderate channels or create custom commands in your Discord server.
So, is it possible for Discord bots to hack your Discord accounts? Bots are unable to perform such an action, but there has been a surge in Discord malware and adware recently, something that security experts have noticed.
However, all APIs Discord utilizes have been subjected to security updates, and the developers are quick to repair bugs or any other suspicious activity as soon as they are reported.
Do Hackers Use Discord to Hack People?
The sad truth is that most platforms with a large number of users will inevitably attract the interest of cybercriminals. Discord is popular among gamers, including hackers who are also into gaming, making it prone to exploitation.
It’s no surprise that several reports have detailed the growing number of attacks through bots. While you are always careful about what apps you download on your computer or phone, Discord malware can still make its way onto your device. Because it’s not illegal to create Discord bots, hackers can easily make them and upload them online with the intent of causing any harm to users.
Hackers might be using the Discord API to get into unsuspecting user accounts. While bots cannot hack you directly, there are other more malicious ways they can invade and compromise your privacy by disclosing personal data.
For instance, some bots may harvest user information and share it on the internet. This can lead to data breaches that would put your sensitive info at risk.
Hackers may also attempt to infect Discord users with software known as RATS or Remote Access Trojans. You may remember trojan horses from when computer systems viruses were still a big deal, and it’s the same thing but improved for this generation. If RATs are deployed successfully, they might be able to gain complete control of your desktop.
This implies that they have access to your file (or remove them), demand ransomware which is quite prevalent, and can even become part of a botnet that can launch attacks on other users or servers.
Another threat is spyware and adware, which can gather and send back targeted information about you and your computer system. Advertisers use this data to promote certain products or services on the web. However, cybercriminals might get their hands on your personal info and start sending out malicious links or spam messages to your friends.
How to Prevent Discord Bots From Hacking You
There are ways to prevent bots from hacking your Discord account or attacks on your Discord server. Below are the tips and tricks you can do to protect yourself and your Discord account.
General Spam and Hacking Tips
- Is your computer lagging, sending a lot of internet traffic, or is your browser or applications behaving strangely? If so, you should immediately run a virus check.
- If your internet provider or router has a safety filter for internet traffic, it’s probably a good idea to enable it and attempt to block phishing links. No filter is not 100 % efficient, but it may still assist.
- Take precautions when giving personal data. Discord servers are a fantastic and fun platform to connect with new people and communities. Like any other internet interaction, keep yourself safe by only providing personal information to individuals you trust and know.
- Make sure that your computer is up to date, including your antivirus and anti-malware suite.
- Don’t ever click a link, spam messages, malicious bot’s code from someone you don’t know or can’t trust – you’re inviting trouble.
- Do not download any unknown files from someone you don’t know or trust.
Discord will only communicate through its official channels. Users do not pass on information secondhand via chainmail messages, and they don’t distribute it through social media platforms.
If you assume that another Discord member has hacked or attacked your Discord client, go to Trust & Safety service and fill out a report.
Discord utilizes a spam filter that is proactive to guarantee that users’ experiences and the platform’s health are not harmed. A spam message is prohibited by Discord client Terms of Service. They may take any account, server, or Discord bot, that initiates any of these or similar methods to action. If you believe Discord is the source of your spam, please email them immediately. Here’s how to modify your Privacy Settings if you’re receiving unsolicited friend requests or a spam message.
Let’s look at some of the possible actions you should investigate to maintain your Discord account safe and secure, as well as how to keep your Discord servers from being hacked.
Bots and Selfbots
Discord isn’t creating bots to give you free stuff. This is a scam. If you get a DM from a bot offering you something or asking you to click on a link, please report it. If you get a DM from flag bots asking that you should click the link, you must report it to avoid being hacked.
Bot safety starts with trust, so check with the bot developer to determine whether they’re making it possible for their bots to use any commands. Most major bots provide permission lists that describe what functions they can execute.
When you choose that the user has access to all commands or no functions, edit your entry first and make certain the option is disabled. This will allow the bot to send messages but not perform any actions.
Never give your bot administrator rights. If it has gained admin perms, only choose the bare minimum required for it to operate properly. Discord’s automated system will identify bots attack using spam or any sign of suspicious activities.
As a result of an investigation, the bot and the bot owner’s account may have an account suspension. You can remove your bot’s user token from the text if your bot’s source code is openly available to avoid being hacked.
Direct Message (DM) spam
Users don’t want to be subjected to unsolicited ads or messages. Here are a few examples of DM spam for both Discord bot and users:
- Messages with similar content sent over a short amount of time
- mass server invites
- unsolicited advertisements and messages
These are some common acts that could classify as spam.
On top of that, Discord allows users to block accounts they do not want to message them anymore directly. If you think an account is spamming you or your server, please check out the Trust & Safety Guide for more information on spam issues and how to deal with them.
Can Discord Bots Hack Your Smartphone?
Fortunately, although malware and viruses are becoming more popular on cellphones and tablets, iOS devices are relatively blocked by third-party apps. However, you may still be led to a malicious website with the intent of obtaining your data (bank website that is fake or also known as phishing). There’s no need to be concerned about viruses infecting your iPhone.
However, it’s not the case with Android devices. However, as with iOS, security Android devices are also susceptible to phishing emails than before. However, if the user decides to turn off the Andriod phone security layer, they may do so. You might inadvertently download ransomware or other harmful software by downloading (Android Packages) or APK files on your android phone.
Always be careful of installing .apk files from untrustable sources so you won’t get hacked. On Android, malware is a concern, and if ever the android phone gets a virus you risk losing data and files; the virus could spread to your phone contacts or become part of a botnet and could compromise your device.
Discord malware is not as common as it used to be, but we can’t deny that Discord bots pose a risk of hacking. If you’re using Discord, make sure you keep your Discord account secure by creating a strong password and avoiding opening third-party links or clicking on suspicious links (or files) in the message from people you don’t recognize to avoid any hacking possibility.