Developers of the streaming service Rainway tracked down adware that had been infecting thousands of Fortnite players. The adware had manifested itself as a hack that was downloaded over 78,000 times. The hack was for an aim assist and free in-game currency.
The CEO of Rainway discussed how they discovered the adware via a pop-up in the tracker. This popup was shown to be in a lot of players’ game. The CEO went on to talking about how YouTube and other sources where you find out about these hacks are the main reasons adwares like these are popping up. He says:
“Epic could do a better job at educating their users on these malicious programs and helping them understand how airtight Fortnites systems are at preventing cheating, I’d also recommend they spend some more time moderating youtube to help take down these videos to advert a couples number of people from pwning themselves. sometimes the allure of cheating is powerful and a strong presence is needed to help push people in the right direction.”
While it should go without saying, I think you should not download random programs. An excellent personal security tip is that if something is too good to be true, you’re probably going to need to reformat your PC. It is hard to outright prevent people from being malicious, but that doesn’t mean it’s hard to prevent spread.
Epic could do a better job at educating their users on these malicious programs and helping them understand how airtight Fortnite’s systems are at preventing cheating. I’d also recommend they spend more time moderating YouTube to help take down these videos to avert a countless number of people from pwning themselves. Sometimes the allure of cheating is powerful, and a strong presence is needed to help push people in the right direction.