‘Fortnite’ has become a magnet for malware



Everything to know about ‘Fortnite’

‘Fortnite’ has become a cultural phenomenon, and mega-hit video game developer Epic Games, with 125 million players around the world. What is it that makes this game so hugely popular, and how did it come this far?

The popular game “Fortnite” is the collection of malware, the offer of fake Android versions.

Gamers are hungry for the Android version of the app is currently only available on mobile on iOS are an important target for bad actors, according to the Hacker News.

They have a large goal, such as “Fortnite” has grown. In less than a year, the survival game has grown to 125 million players, Epic Games said in a blog post in June. And the players are spending almost $300 million per month, according to the most recent data.


This has led to a wave of searches, such as manuals about how to download Fortnite on Android, according to the Hacker News.

“Because of the enormous importance of the users surrounding the game Fortnite, a lot of games and tutorial websites are starting to take advantage of the Android users’ impatience with frighteningly convincing scams that is all over Google and YouTube,” the Hacker News said.

“Fortnite Battle Royale” is available on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the previously mentioned iOS. The game will be an official Android release this summer.


The analysis shows active scams

People are subconsciously finding of the fake software via searches such as “How to install Fortnite on Android” or “Fortnite for Android” or stumble across links in the YouTube ads, according to a blog post by Malwarebytes Labs’ analyst Nathan Collier.

For example, YouTube videos have already been to see links to fake Android versions, Collier stated.

Malwarebytes spells out a typical scenario. A fake app, filled with stolen “Fortnite” icon from the iOS version, go to a splash screen with a legit-looking Epic Games logo and the loading screen. After that things “stand aside”, according to Malwarebytes. “Unlock instructions” and “tap to install” screens appear, but at that point you have a dead end.

“The bad news is that no matter how many apps you download, the game never unlocks—because it never existed within the malicious app in the first place,” Collier wrote.

Malwarebytes has a separate page called “Android/Trojan.FakeFortnite,” the name given to the “clickbait trojan” for the Android platform, which pretends to install “Fortnite.”

The result is that there is malware actors to make money – and that is not a good thing: more downloads fake sites means more money for the bad guys.

“It’s similar to false advertising,” Collier told Fox News in an e-mail. “The malware developers promise something they never intend to supply a working Fortnite for Android-game. Even worse, they steal from the legitimate Apple iOS version in order to mislead users,” he said.

Collier explains that it is not the threat of infection per se. “Malware such as FakeFortnite…in a ‘grey’ area. There may not be an actual malware/infection threat, but sending users down a rabbit hole like this, they were empty-handed is still considered to be a harmful activity,” he said.

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