FORTNITE fans are being urged to change their passwords after experts discovered a cyber attack targeting thousands of players.
Criminals are using BloodyStealer malware to hack the online accounts of gamers around the world and steal their card details.
According to Russia-based Kaspersky cybersecurity researchers, who discovered the attacks, criminals are increasingly targeting gamers.
They search for details stored in accounts on gaming marketplaces like the Epic Store, which is owned by Fortnite developer Epic Games.
“Player accounts are in demand on the underground market,” Kaspersky wrote in a report on Monday.
“Proof positive is BloodyStealer, which steals account data from popular game stores.”
The research team discovered BloodyStealer after stumbling upon an advertisement for the infectious program in March.
According to the report, the ad said that the malware can steal passwords, bank card data, browser autofill data, and screenshots.
It can also pinch client sessions from Bethesda, Epic Games, GOG, Origin, Steam, Telegram, and VimeWorld.
That means gameplay data from titles like Fortnite is exposed, possibly handing over players’ online account details.
BloodyStealer has already been used to attack and infect users in Europe, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region, according to the researchers.
The hacking tool has spread so far because it is being sold on the dark web for as little as $10 per month.
An attack typically involves packaging the malware into seemingly innocuous apps or games.
Once on your PC or smartphone, your online gaming account credentials are stolen and then sold on the dark web.
“Cybercriminals sell access to specific gaming accounts, both individually and in bulk,” the team wrote.
“Unsurprisingly, accounts with lots of games, add-ons, and big-ticket items are particularly valuable. Cybercriminals often sell them at deep discounts.”
BloodyStealer is just one of many tools available on the dark web to steal player accounts.
Cybercriminals sell other types of malware, many of which have been around longer than BloodyStealer.
“With the help of these tools, cybercriminals can collect and then try to monetize a large number of credentials,” Kaspersky wrote.
“All kinds of offers related to player accounts can be found on the dark web.”
To protect yourself from malware, protect your accounts with strong passwords and enable two-factor authentication.
You should also download apps only from official sources to minimize the chances of detecting BloodyStealer or other nasty software.
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