Fortnite glitch allowed hackers to access personal accounts

Yolanda Curtis
January 21, 2019

Speaking to The Indepedent, senior intelligence analyst Benjamin Preminger of security firm Sixgill indicated that the trend comes a result of Epic Game's lack of sufficient security measures on their game.

On Tuesday, security firm Check Point demonstrated how you could exploit a series of vulnerabilities within the game to pull off the hack. We thank Check Point (Research) for bringing this to our attention. Seven of 2018's top ten highest grossing free-to-play games were from Asian publishers and their subsidiaries, leading to a combined revenue of $54.3 billion for the region.

Though this vulnerability was identified and addressed before a hack could occur, the Check Point blog said that Fortnite players have been targeted before by scammers posing as discount sellers of in-game currency, V-bucks.

Epic Games, the developers of the popular online video game, says a bug in its log-in system may have given hackers access to player accounts.

The vulnerability found in some of Epic Games' sub-domains could see an XSS attack occur should the user click on a link sent to them by the cyber criminal. "As always, we encourage players to protect their accounts by not reusing passwords and using strong passwords, and not sharing account information with others", an Epic Games spokesperson said.

Epic Games, the makers of the insanely popular Fortnite game have silently patched a vulnerability on their infrastructure that would have allowed hackers to gain access to users' accounts with incredible ease.

Fortnite uses these dance moves in emotes that players can unlock and use in game.

"Fortnite is one of the most popular games played mainly by kids", Check Point's head of products vulnerability research, Oded Vanunu, said in a statement.

Based on its findings, SuperData notes that while Epic Games made more money from players' purchases of character skins and emotes, 34 percent of USA gamers also paid for a seasonal battle pass, a feature in a Battle Royale that rewards players with in-game items by playing and completing challenges during a given time.

The vulnerability was found by security researchers from Israeli cyber-security firm Check Point, who reported the issue privately to the game maker a year ago. Facebook on the other hand, which just past year had hackers steal security tokens for 30 million of its users, wasn't so lucky. The promptitude of Epic Games in solving this situation proves the implication of the game studio in the project, another proof of why Fortnite is the best Battle Royale title for the moment.

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