Epic could do a better job at educating their users on these malicious programs
After some detective work, Rainway noticed that the 78,000 users responsible for the error reports had one thing in common – they all played Fortnite.
In an attempt to figure out why only Fortnite players were generating the advert related error reports, Rainway checked out a few YouTube videos that offered ways to cheat in the popular game.
“We finally found a match in a hack claiming to allow players to generate free V-Bucks and use an aimbot, two birds with one stone, how could someone resist?”
Sure enough, the infected Fortnite players downloaded the program that claimed to be a free V-Bucks generator and an aimbot all in one. Of course, the program was just malware. Rainway describes how the hack works:
“We then spun up a virtual machine and ran the hack, it immediately installed a root certificate on the device and changed Windows to proxy all web traffic through itself. A successful Man in the Middle Attack.”
A ‘Man in the Middle’ attack is when your data is secretly routed through a third-party location, instead of going direct to the source.
If you are worried about your PC getting infected, the simple solution is to not cheat and you should be fine.
Rainway would like to see Epic take a stronger stance against cheating and put more of an effort in removing YouTube scam videos.