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Apex Legends Mobile Version: Fake app download exploiting players with adware

  • After the game's early console success, a deceitful malicious mobile app has emerged - exploiting players with adware.
Hritwik Raj
Modified 26 Mar 2019, 14:01 IST
Apex Legends Mobile
Apex Legends Mobile

Respawn Entertainment's latest Battle Royale debut in genre, "Apex Legends", has taken the market by surprise. Revealed earlier this month on February 4 to some famous media sites which cover gaming - along with other famous streamers and internet personalities.

The game was released the same day, managing to pique interest across the gaming community. The BR genre has been at its peak since the release of games like PUBG and Fortnite Battle Royale. 

To date, Apex has more than 25 million players who have downloaded the game worldwide - becoming one of the famous BR games while emerging as one of the genre's top titles too. With its ever-increasing popularity, it has naturally attracted attention from hackers and those who want to exploit the game for their own personal gain too. 

Recently, a website which let players download the game's mobile version, was published. However, the so-called alternative was actually nothing more than dangerous adware. 

The fake Apex Legends app had ads aplenty, which provided ad revenue for those who initially created this ruse. Despite being fake, it appeared genuine and managed to earn high levels of attention.

What's next for the game going forward?

Cyber Security firm Checkpoint discovered it was the game's first malicious app online. Although we've now seen a fake alternative to Apex's console version, the game's developers have confirmed they are already working on ways to transition the real game to mobile devices. 

Andrew Matthews, EA's existing CEO, recently mentioned in an interviewers' call that they were seeking a way to bring the game to mobile devices while potentially looking at implementing cross-platform experience. So, rather than falling prey to these malicious phony apps, it's clear that hopeful mobile players should wait patiently as it's expected to arrive in the late months of 2019. 

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Published 25 Feb 2019, 08:56 IST
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