Bitcoin wallet data theft software found under fake Fortnite cheat
The program, presented as a cheat for the popular online game Fortnite, turned out to be malware designed, among other things, to steal information from bitcoin wallets. This was reported on October 2 by the Californian cybersecurity company Malwarebytes Labs..
The firm decided to investigate the link in the description of one of the many questionable YouTube videos, and it led to “a little data stealing program masquerading as a cheating tool.”.
According to Malwarebytes Labs, the YouTube channel that posted the video has over 700 subscribers, while the video itself has been viewed 2,200 times..
After clicking on the link, a potential victim is taken to a page where they are asked to subscribe to a YouTube account. After that, she is allowed to download the fake cheat..
“At the time of this writing, the malicious file has been downloaded 1,207 times. 1,207 downloads is a lot, ”writes Malwarebytes Labs.
The investigating team found that the malware steals a wide variety of information, from browser autofill data to session details on the Steam online store, and then sends the ill-gotten information to an IP address in the Russian range..
This malware also looks for data associated with bitcoin wallets. According to one image in a Malwarebytes Labs report, it specifically aims to find information regarding the Electrum wallet..
Photo: Malwarebytes Labs
While this program is not new, the company warns that it can still be dangerous to those who installed it..
“When you consider the hype at the moment with new Fortnite content, this is literally the perfect recipe for a data theft scheme. In addition, after installing this program, the computer will have to be cleaned properly, ”the company writes..
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