Fake Fortnite Android Apps Are Malware And AD Clickbait

Posted by at 11:13 am on June 21, 2018

Fake Fortnite Android apps are spreading around the internet, even though the game has not been officially released for the platform.

Videos on YouTube with links to scam versions of the popular game have been viewed millions of times, according to security experts.

None of the fake apps has made it on to the Google Play Store, but they are easy to find on search engines.

According to one security firm, the apps look legitimate.

Talking about one particular fake app, Nathan Collier, an analyst from security firm Malwarebytes, said:

“It’s so realistic that some may recognize it from the Apple iOS version. By stealing the icon directly from Apple, how could it not look real?”

In fact the app redirects users to a browser asking them to download a number of other apps in order to play the game. The scammers are paid each time someone downloads an app from the website.

Mr Collier said:

“The bad news is that no matter how many apps you download, the game never unlocks, because it never existed within the malicious app in the first place.

Please wait for the official release by Epic Games in the Google Play Store this summer.

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