Despite Epic Games announcing and Fortnite for Smartphones would not be out this year, that hasn’t stopped the virus, malware and opportunistic hackers makers from taking advantage of Android smartphone customers. Examining “Download Fortnite for Android”, “How to install Fortnite on Android” on YouTube or Google throws up a host of videos that claim to show how Fortnite can be installed on Android. Instead, individuals are instructed to download a fake app. According to antivirus firm McAfee, these fake Fortnite apps seem convincing enough to pass off as the real deal, and complete with the game’s music and a login screen similar to Fortnite.
This isn’t all. Individuals are asked to offer mobile verification. On confirmation they’re redirected to a website to check if they’re a bot or not, necessitating a download of yet another app accompanied with a link that has the instructions of unlocking, only this prompts a download of one app after other.
“Once the individuals click to install, then at that time they are only guided back to Google Play. Individuals can keep installing app after the app and will never actually get to the actual Fortnite game. Essentially, this means that the cybercriminals are directing to increase app downloads and make the money off. This incident prompts us that online gaming has its risks, and Fortnite is no exception,” reads a statement from the business.
Formerly, Epic Games confirmed that battle royal sensation Fortnite will click on the Android this summer. The news derives via a post on the corporation’s website that spoke of the numerous features the Fortnite team is working for mobile. In addition to a Fortnite Android release date for summer, and Epic Games plans to diminish the install size of game’s, stat tracking to name a few, the addition of performance on smartphones. A customisable HUD and voice chat is also in the works.
“We are directing this summer for the release. We know many of you are enthusiastic for this release, and we undertake that when we have more information to share, you’ll hear it from us first” and it is said by Epic Games of the game coming to Android. Further on, it shed light on strategies to decrease Fortnite download and the installation size as well as allowing for downloads in the background.
“We all are aware of the large installation size of Fortnite on smartphones and are working to decrease the size. Over the next few updates, we’ll be reducing the size down while upholding the performance. We’ll be making overall patch sizes lesser and adding the ability to download the content in the background.”
John Woods is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, malware, social engineering, Games,internet and new media. He writes for McAfee products at www.mcafee.com/activate or mcafee.com/activate .
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