A ‘Fortnite’ Cheat Maker Duped Players Into Downloading a Bitcoin Miner

A 'Fortnite' cheat maker duped players into downloading a Bitcoin miner

  • Sneakily-injected code that mines cryptocurrencies with unsuspecting users’ computers has popped up in all sorts of new and strange contexts recently—from torrent sites to internet-connected toasters.
  • On Thursday, TorrentFreak reported that Epic Games is suing a player who distributed Bitcoin mining code to unsuspecting users who thought they were downloading cheats for the popular free-to-play game Fortnite.
  • “While the ‘cheat’ does not appear to be a functional Fortnite cheat,” reads a court filing posted by TorrentFreak, “it functions as a bitcoin miner that infects the user’s computer with a virus that causes the user’s computer to mine bitcoin for the benefit of an unknown third party.”
  • Bitcoin mining code hijacks an unsuspecting user’s computer resources and can impact performance significantly while it’s running.
  • The Fortnite scheme makes some sense, because gaming computers often make use of specialized hardware to render graphics, which also happens to be perfectly suited to mining cryptocurrencies.

And now he’s being sued.
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