Fortnite’s fake version installs malware on Android devices

by Alice Woods - -

Hackers are eager to make use of Fortnite's craze – have been pushing the fake Android version

Fortnite for Android is not released yet

The Battle Royale genre is on the rise, and Fortnite is at the top of it. The game was first released in July 2017 and grew in popularity ever since. By February 2018, it obtained 3.4 million players and 45 million total players worldwide.[1] Therefore, it is not surprising that cybercriminals want to abuse the fame of the game by using its name to induce malware installation.

Fortnite is available on multiple platforms, including PC, Xbox, Play Station 4, and iOS devices which was released in March 2018 after closed beta.[2] Nevertheless, the eager Android players are still waiting for the release. Although the game authors, Epic Games, announced that Android version is coming in summer 2018, no exact official date is released yet.

However, due to a large amount of fake information online, gamers have been actively searching for terms “how to install Fortnite on Android” or “how to download Fortnite on Android.” Surprisingly or not, over 9,180,000 results are offering it.

Malware is being installed through fake links offering APK downloads

There are plenty of YouTube videos spreading malicious links to third-party websites, blog posts, as well as shady “tutorial” sites offering fake APK downloads. Certain video tutorials include links that offer downloading additional applications, such as video players, file converters, and similar. Nevertheless, these bogus APKs can conceal any kind of code, such as data wipers, cryptocurrency miners,[3] adware programs, ransomware, etc.

Lukas Stefanko, a security researcher from Eset, tweeted[4] the following:

Millions of views on YouTube for fake “How to install Fortnite on Android” videos including links to actual APK files. Don't install # for Android, it's all fake or malicious! Official app is not released yet. They mostly generate revenue for developers.

Avoid dangerous malware and wait till Epic Games release official Android version of Fortnite

Cybercrooks have been abusing many impactful names, such as YouTube, Amazon, Facebook[5] – all to trick users into installing malware or bogus software, as well as stealing sensitive information to gain monetary benefit. Fortnite is just another huge name that thieves want to abuse to get some money.

Thus, users who constantly keep looking for Fortnite Android APK download should calm down and wait for its official release. Overall, downloading apps from third-party sites is never recommended, as it can often include viruses or scams. 

Users should also be careful of a fake Fortnite version slipping into Google Play – merely wait till Epic Games release its version officially.

Of course, the caution online is the key, but we would also suggest users download and install reputable anti-malware software with real-time protection feature that could block potential threats, even after accidentally opening a malicious file.

Prevent websites, ISP, and other parties from tracking you

Private Internet Access is a VPN that can prevent your Internet Service Provider, the government, and third-parties from tracking your online and allow you to stay completely anonymous. The software provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, ensuring optimal performance and not slowing you down. You can also bypass geo-restrictions and view such services as Netflix, BBC, Disney+, and other popular streaming services without limitations, regardless of where you are.

A VPN is also crucial when it comes to user privacy. Online trackers such as cookies can not only be used by social media platforms and other websites but also your Internet Service Provider and the government. Even if you apply the most secure settings via your web browser, you can still be tracked via apps that you are connected to the internet. Besides, privacy-focused browsers like Tor is are not an optimal choice due to diminished connection speed.

Therefore, to stay completely anonymous and prevent the ISP and the government from spying on you, you should employ Private Internet Access VPN. It will allow you to connect to the internet while being completely anonymous, prevent trackers, ads, as well as malicious content. Most importantly, you will prevent the illegal surveillance activities that NSA and other governmental institutions are performing behind your back.

 

Recover your lost files quickly

Unforeseen circumstances can happen at any time while using the computer: it can turn off due to a power cut, a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) can occur, or random Windows updates can decide to reboot the machine when you went away for a few minutes. As a result, your schoolwork, important documents, and other data might be lost.

Additionally, you might also be attacked by malware that can corrupt your Windows or encrypt files with a robust encryption algorithm, and ask for a ransom in Bitcoin for the decryption tool. Cybercriminals might not deliver what they promised, however, so it is better to attempt alternative file recovery methods that could help you to retrieve at least some portion of the lost data.

Data recovery software is one of the options that could help you recover your files. Once you delete a file, it does not vanish into thin air – it remains on your system as long as no new data is written on top of it. Data Recovery Pro is recovery software that searchers for working copies of deleted files within your hard drive. By using the tool, you can prevent loss of valuable documents, school work, personal pictures, and other crucial files.

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Alice Woods
Alice Woods - Shares the knowledge about computer protection

Alice Woods is a security expert who specializes in cyber threat investigation and analysis. Her mission on Ugetfix - to share the knowledge and help users to protect their computers from malicious programs.

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