Fortnite is a very popular game among children, adults and teens alike. It’s kind of like PUBG in the sense that it is an open world, battleground where players can face off against each other in an all-out “Battle Royale.”
You can have solo missions and also have a squad supporting you. This gaming sensation took the world by storm when it first launched almost a year ago in July 25th 2017.
But we’re not here to talk about how successful this game has become and how it’s giving a huge fanbase to NinjasHyper after he played Fortnite with Drake and became insanely great at it.
The “Fortnite” Virus
What we’re here to talk about is a threat presenting itself in the form of a computer virus that is spreading to thousands of Fortnite players, many of whom are using computers. Hackers behind the development of the virus want to capitalize on the sheer number of players playing Fortnite on a daily basis.
YouTube is the medium chosen by hackers as security researchers at Rainway game-streaming discovered. A YouTube video that allegedly offers free V-Bucks that can be used in Fortnite as a virtual currency, but in reality, it infects players’ computers with a virus.
When Rainway got error reports on their gaming and streaming platform, their researchers headed out in search of answers. Most players who were having problems were playing Fortnite and researchers took to YouTube to find the video that had malicious links causing the problems in the first place.
They stumbled across the hack video that lets players *cheat* and get more V-bucks. Not only that, it gave an aimbot to sharpen players’ aims. This is the combination that made the video particularly lethal to users addicted to Fortnite.
How the Virus Works
The Fortnite virus would use the internet connection of the user who clicked. That would allow hackers to install dangerous software. 78,000 people had already been infected by downloading the dangerous software by the time Rainway reported the problem.
Who knows how many of such videos are floating around on YouTube, where people are leveraging the insane popularity of this online game to further their own agenda through computer viruses. The sheer believability of the different YouTube videos redirecting to apps via the description are very high.
Trojan SMS, ransomware, bank malware and spy software could also be existing in the description of such videos.
One must always be very cautious, especially when playing online games and stick to the rules without the need to cheat. If you would like to get rid of the different viruses slowing down your computer or if you believe that you’ve been hacked, Crumbacher can help you solve these issues.