Web-based game-streaming platform Rainway is reporting that tens of thousands of Fortnite players have inadvertently infected their systems with a piece of malware that hijacks their encrypted HTTPS web sessions to inject fraudulent ads into every website they visit.
According to a blog published by Rainway CEO Andrew Sampson, the company began receiving hundreds of thousands of error reports from its server logs last week, and after investigating, the team found that the systems of their users were attempting to connect with various ad platforms.
Since Rainway system only allows whitelisted domains to load content, all ads-related requests got rejected, resulting in triggering an error every time the users’ systems try to connect with a third-party server.
It turns out that the malicious adware attacking Rainway users had one thing in common—all of them were playing Fortnite.
The investigation revealed that affected users had installed fake Fortnite hack tools, advertised through YouTube videos, which claimed to allow players to generate free V-Bucks, in addition to a classic aimbot.
However, such Fortnite patches available on the Internet are nothing but malware that has been designed to install a root certificate on the infected computer, allowing attackers to modify all network traffic using a man-in-the-middle attack, even if the web session is encrypted.
In this particular malicious campaign, the attackers have been leveraging the popularity of the Fortnite game to spread adware that alters the pages of a web request to serve its own ads.
Fortnite Cheat Malware Infected Over 78,000 Users
The Rainway team then informed the company hosting the malware, and it was immediately removed. It also sent out alerts notifying all infected Rainway users of the malware, which had already been downloaded 78,000 times before it was taken down.
Rainway also warned gamers not to fall for hack tools or game cheats like the one it found.
However, it should be noted that only Windows PC users were affected by this particular piece of adware, which means you are safe if you play Fortnite on Mac or iOS devices. But beware, as you never know what’s in the future.
Last month, we reported how hackers and spammers were leveraging the popularity of Fortnite to distribute malicious versions of Fortnite for Android to smartphone users through YouTube videos which have been viewed millions of times.
The best way to prevent yourself from such malware is hell easy—just don’t download any game content that doesn’t come from the developer.
Don’t fall for any game cheats, hack tools or patches, and always stay away from YouTube videos promoting malware masquerading as a Fortnite download, cheats, and hacks. To get more in-game currency, play and win them.