Fortnite Malware Risk – What Should I Do?

Fortnite Malware Risk on Android – What to Do Next

Fortnite the popular Battleground type video game exposed gamers to a risk for Malware on Android devices. The makers of Fortnite, Epic Games, recently announced that the Android app would be released via its own website rather than through the Goggle Play store. The Android community warned Epic of the security risks of circumventing the Play store, then Google Developers set out to prove them right by hacking the installer in one day.

Epic made the decision offer Fortnite downloads from its own website rather than through the Play store is due to revenue sharing. Apps that are downloaded via Google Play give up 30% of their in-app revenue to Google.

The first Fortnite installer for Android contained vulnerability that could allowed other apps to load malware. Fortnite Android players are vulnerable to malware during the installation process because of this decision to bypass Google Play for downloads. Google developers experimented with and documented how malware could easily be downloaded during the Fortnite installation process. In order to install any app outside of the Play store, Android users must bypass a few security features. Fortnite accomplishes this with the aid of another app. It was proven that any app on an Android WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission could substitute in malware (or any other app) in place of Fortnite.

Version one of the Fortnite installer was only for Samsung phones and was distributed through the Samsung Galaxy App store. This vulnerability does not affect non-Samsung or non-Android devices. Epic Games has since released another version of the Fortnite installer for non-Samsun devices.

I Installed What Should I Do Next?

Fortnite Android users should update their installer to the new version 2.1.0. Alternatively, gamers may, uninstall and reinstall Fortnite for Android to start over.

What’s is Fortnite?

Fortnite is a popular Battlegrounds video game written in C++ and Blueprint using Unreal Engine. Part of Fornite’s popularity is attributed to its cross-platform play. The game is available on PlayStation 4, Android, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh operating systems.

Abut Epic Games

Epic Games, Inc. is a subsidiary of Tencent games, a Chinese holding company. Epic is an American video game developer based in Cary, North Carolina. In addition to Fortnite, Epic also released Spyjinx, Robo Recall, and Unreal Tournament.

Michelle writes about cyber security as well as how to protect your data online. She has worked in internet technology for over 20 years Michelle earned a B.S. in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She conducts workshops focused on web technologies and enjoys public speaking along with her connected rescue mutt.