One of the first versions of the installer Fortnite on Android, released a week ago, has become a big issue for Epic Games. The Google security team said that the program for several days was used by hackers as a tool for hacking the phones of unsuspecting gamers.
Old installer Fortnite worked on a very simple system: when gamers pressed the “Download” button, the program sent the insecure request to download to the network, which hackers and intercepted. Instead of playing on the phone from downloading viruses, miners of the cryptocurrency or any other program that could, for example, to read credit card data.
Google found a security breach on 15 August, and the fix came out exactly 2 days after finding the vulnerability. While it is not known whether this is the only issue protecting. Those players who fear for their safety, yet download Fortnite for Android is not recommended, because in such situations, the hackers are always trying new errors in the program.
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Here, said CEO of Epic Games Tim Sweeney (Tim Sweeney) about this situation:
Epic Games sincerely appreciated the efforts of Google for finding the vulnerability. However, on the part of Google was made the irresponsible decision: the company disclosed the technical details of the problem too early. Safety engineer EG asked to publish information about the problem at least 90 days after finding (this is a standard “pause”), but he refused.— Tim Sweeney
Fix for mobile Fortnite was released in version 2.1.0, so the installer that came before, may result in immediate contamination of the phone.
Google were the first to find the vulnerability in the installer Fortnite, even though the game never appeared in the Play Store. This once again proves that the company is very responsible attitude to protect users from hacker “attacks,” especially when we are talking about millions of downloads.
По материалам: vgtimes.ru