Fortnite Hacks Infect Players' PCs

Fortnite Hacks Infect Players' PCs
Tens of thousands of Fortnite cheaters have unwittingly installed malware on their PCs.

(CCM) — Almost 80,000 gamers who downloaded a particular piece of "cheat" software to give themselves an edge when playing the hugely popular Fortnite Battle Royale game have unwittingly infected their computers with malware, Gamesradar is reporting.

Cheat software promises to help players win Fortnite games by offering items such as ban-proof aimbots, free V-Bucks, or other items that are not available to legitimate players, according to the report.

Streaming service Rainway noticed that many of its clients who were playing Fortnite were running in to problems on the service, and eventually identified that the cheat software was to blame. An analysis of the software found that it was surreptitiously installing malware on users' computers.

This malware included adware which gets around ad blockers to display unwanted ads, but also more sinister software which enables "man-in-the-middle" attacks which can be used to steal confidential information or to carry out identity theft.

The company analyzed hundreds of other Fortnite cheat software packages as part of its investigations and found that every single one also contained malicious software, the report said.

Andrew Sampson, Rainway's chief executive, warned Fortnite players against downloading Fortnite cheat software, however tempting it may be. "I think you should not download random programs. An excellent personal security tip is that if something is too good to be true, you’re probably going to need to reformat your PC," he said in a blog post.

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