The popularity of Fortnite, the multi-platform battle royale game, has surged higher than anyone could have anticipated in 2018. So much so that it has now drawn the attention of malicious cryptocurrency hackers.
According to a recent report by Malwarebytes, which develops an anti-malware software for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Android and iOS, a number of malicious files have been released and circulated at the start of Fornite season 6, including one ready to steal data and enumerate Bitcoin wallets.
The researchers found that the malware comes disguised as a file for free game bonuses, including “V-Bucks” and cheats like aim-bots. The file is classified by Malwarebytes as a Trojan.Malpack, a generic detection given to files packed suspiciously. Once downloaded, the malware goes to work, collecting everything including browser session information, cookies, Bitcoin wallets and also Steam sessions.
So far, the file has been downloaded more than 1,200 times and things could get a lot worse as the majority of the Fortnite userbase are adolescents.
This isn’t the only recent instance where the world of video games has intersected with hackers looking to steal cryptocurrency.
Yiliang “Doublelift” Peng, a professional gamer known for his League of Legends skill, has allegedly been robbed of $200,000 in cryptocurrency by hackers who staged a sim swap to gain access to Peng’s Coinbase account. While he claims to have recovered his funds via his bank fraud prevention system, these type of events are likely the new norm.
Disclaimer: This article’s author has cryptocurrency holdings that can be tracked here. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as investment advice. Always conduct your own due diligence before making investments.