Fortnite Gamers Targeted By Bitcoin Stealing Malware

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Season 6 of the ever popular Fortnite videogame series has inspired the development of a Bitcoin stealing malware that is disguised as a Fortnite cheating tool.

Recently discovered by Malwarebytes Labs, the malware which is disguised as a cheat tool has the ability to steal data in Bitcoin from Fortnite gamers. Malware labs first stumbled upon this pesky bug on YouTube videos offering “free season passes” and other various offers for Android versions of the game.

Many Steps to This Scam

Detecting the malware included going through numerous steps of subscribing to YouTube channels, getting various prompts from newly built websites, filling out an online survey and then downloading the malware as a “reward” for the tasks completed.

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Videos titled “Fortnite Cheat”, “Fortnite Hack Free Download”, and “New Season 6 Fortnite Hack Cheat Free Download “ were found to lead to this malicious bug. One such video had accumulated over 120,000 views before you to removed it for violating their spam policy.

Data Vulnerability

Once the initial executable file has been run, it reports details of the infected computer. Once that has been completed, it sends data by means of a POST command located within the Russian Federation. A lot of data can be stolen as the malware examines Bitcoin wallets, steam sessions, browser history, cookies, and other private information stored on the victim’s computer. There’s even a readme file that comes with the malware which allow the victim to purchase additional “Fortnite scams” for $80 worth of Bitcoin.

Christopher Boyd, the leader malware intelligence analyst at Malwarebytes labs stated that …”

“Offering up a malicious file with the pretense of cheating a video game is about as old-school as it gets. Would be cheaters suffer a taste of their own medicine through a chain of clickthroughs and which eventually results in malware as a parting gift. Winning is great however it’s not worth risking a massive chunk of your personal data income in order to get the job done.”

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