The release of season six of a popular video game “Fortnite” has inspired cybercriminals to develop a malware that steals bitcoin and vital data from gamers. It is ironic that the malware is camouflaged as ‘Fortnite cheats’. You may, therefore, end up being cheated as you attempt to cheat the game.
According to malware intelligence analyst Christopher Boyd, Malwarebytes Labs has detected a bitcoin-stealing malware masquerading as cheat tools. The malware is capable of stealing data and BTC from Fortnite players. He noted in a blog post that they spotted the malware amongst YouTube videos offering ‘free’ season passes and free Android versions of the game.
Steps to getting tricked
To find malware, they had to go through various steps, which include subscribing to a YouTube channel, getting redirected to another site, then filling out a questionnaire before downloading the tool.
One video was titled, “Fortnite Hack Free Download,” whilst another was titled “New Season 6 Fortnite Hack Cheat Free Download…”
One video claimed that it exceeded 120,000 views prior to being deleted by YouTube for violating their spam policy, Mr. Boyd said.
A lot of data is vulnerable
Boyd pointed out that when the initial .exe file is run on the target system it enumerates the details of the infected device. It then sends the stolen data to the Russian Federation via the post command. Because the malware checks BTC wallets, cookies, browser session and steam session information, it can steal large amounts of data. Even the readme file attempts to make some money from the user by promoting the sale of other ‘Fortnite cheats’ for a few dollars.
Approximately 1,207 have downloaded the malware thus far, meaning many gamers may have fallen for this Fortnite cheating scam.
Boyd advised that anyone tempted to cheat in the Fortnite game should be careful. Some “Fortnite Cheats” contain deadly malware.