Fortnite hack leads to children’s personal data being shared on dark web as scammers rack up huge in-play charges.
Scammers have been selling the log-in and passwords for £2.05 each( $4nzd) – allowing buyers to rack up huge in-play charges on the accounts of unsuspecting gamers.
Online crooks have also hacked Fortnite gamers’ payment information to harvest users’ bank accounts.
The age rating on the game is 12 and over and parents have been told to keep an eye on their kids accounts’.
“The temptation for criminals is both the breadth of Fortnite’s users – many of whom are children or teenagers – but also the way the game makes its money.
“In ‘traditional’ games, players would pay a one-off fee to access the content.
“But Fortnite is free to access before quickly inviting users to buy cosmetic items and passes that can earn rewards.”
Some ‘for sale’ Fortnite users’ data were advertised as containing “payment data and no 2FA” – which stands for the secure banking ‘Two-Factor Authentication’.
Others urged greedy potential buyers: “Please do not change the password to the accounts!”
The harvested accounts could have been obtained via a number of tried-and-tested hacks.
These include phishing, brute-force hack attacks and by cycling through thousands of stolen credentials for other website accounts, knowing some victims will use the same log-in and passwords for Fortnite also.
Mr Migliano added: “By hacking an account, criminals can both rack up significant charges on in-app purchases.
“The big concern is while the age-rating for Fortnite is 12, a large chunk of its users are young.
“They therefore might not always be aware that high-ranking accounts are a draw to criminals.
“This is also a worry for parents who might have handed over payment information to their children without realising that their login details – and therefore their bank account details – are up for sale on the dark web.”
Fortnite is quickly taking over the world as the most popular video game, but experts warn of an impending addiction crisis.
It combines elements from several popular types of games.
It has the shooting styles of war games, but the scavenging and building components of Minecraft.
Fortnite is a game of survival where players create a superhero avatar and compete against each other on a dystopian island.
Each game, or ‘match’ as each competition is known, starts with 100 players.
The aim of the game is to be the last one standing. Users can form allegiances and play in small groups.
To enable this and the interactive experience, the game allows completely open communication between players.
Inspired by the Hunger Games novels and films, gamers search for weapons to help them survive.
Armed with quirky weapons and amusing dances, the game has swept across the gaming world, with children flocking to it.
However, experts warn that the popularity of the game is turning into an obsession.
Source: THE SUN U.K