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Under cheat for the game Fortnite was hiding a program for stealing bitcoin wallet login details

Cheat for popular game Fortnite hides bitcoin-targeting malware

Recently a California company Malwarebytes Labs, working in the field of cybersecurity, said that the so-called cheat for popular video game Fortnite actually is a malicious program designed to steal bitcoin wallet login details.

The firm has carried out an investigation regarding the links posted in the description of one of the many suspicious videos on YouTube. Thus the specialists of Malwarebytes Labs found out about a small program for data theft disguised as a cheat.

As stated by the representatives of the company, the YouTube account on which this video was posted, has over 700 subscribers. The number of views of the video, in turn, is 2200.

The scheme was constructed in the following way: the potential victim clicks the link and go to a page asking them to subscribe to the YouTube account, after which she are gets the opportunity to download a fake cheat.

Malwarebytes Labs wrote:

"At the moment, a malicious file has been downloaded 1207 times, this is too much".

The team found that the program is designed not only to data theft of bitcoin wallets (Electrum wallets are especially at risk), but also other valuable information. For example, it also collects data about the browsers autocomplete, or about sessions in the digital store Steam. After this, the program sends data to an IP address located in the Russian Federation.

One of the Malwarebytes Labs employees said:

"Given the hype around the new content to a video game Fortnite, this program offers the perfect scheme to steal various data."

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