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FTC Fines Fortnite Maker Epic Games $275 Million for Violating Children's Privacy Law

FTC Fines Fortnite Maker Epic Games $275 Million for Violating Children's Privacy Law

Dec 20, 2022 Privacy / Data Security
Epic Games has reached a $520 million settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over allegations that the  Fortnite  creator violated online privacy laws for children and tricked users into making unintended purchases in the video game. To that end, the company will pay a record $275 million monetary penalty for breaching the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act ( COPPA ) by collecting the personal information of Fortnite players under the age of 13 without seeking permission from their parents. It will also pay $245 million to reimburse customers who were deceived by its  dark pattern  tricks to make accidental purchases as well as for allowing children to rack up unauthorized charges through in-game content purchases without requiring any parental or card holder action or consent. "Epic Games possessed actual knowledge that it collected personal information from children, including their names, email addresses, and identifiers used to keep track of pla
Epic Games Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Hacked 'Fortnite' Accounts

Epic Games Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Hacked 'Fortnite' Accounts

Aug 13, 2019
Epic Games, the creator of the popular 'Fortnite' video game, is facing a class-action lawsuit from gamers over hacked Fortnite accounts, accusing the company of failing to maintain adequate security measures and notify users of the security breach in a timely manner. The lawsuit, filed by 'Franklin D. Azar and Associates' in the United States District Court in North Carolina on behalf of over 100 affected users, claims that "affected Fortnite users have suffered an ascertainable loss in that they have had fraudulent charges made to their credit or debit cards." According to the lawsuit, Epic Games acknowledged a vulnerability in its system that allowed hackers to unauthorizedly access players' account and purchase in-game currency using their saved credit or debit cards. Apparently, the law firm is trying to connect two separate reports—first, a responsible vulnerability disclosure in Fortnite system and second, multiple password reuse and phish
6 Ways to Simplify SaaS Identity Governance

6 Ways to Simplify SaaS Identity Governance

Feb 21, 2024SaaS Security / Identity Management
With SaaS applications now making up the vast majority of technology used by employees in most organizations, tasks related to identity governance need to happen across a myriad of individual SaaS apps. This presents a huge challenge for centralized IT teams who are ultimately held responsible for managing and securing app access, but can't possibly become experts in the nuances of the native security settings and access controls for hundreds (or thousands) of apps. And, even if they could, the sheer volume of tasks would easily bury them. Modern IT teams need a way to orchestrate and govern SaaS identity governance by engaging the application owners in the business who are most familiar with how the tool is used, and who needs what type of access.  Nudge Security is a  SaaS security and governance solution  that can help you do just that, with automated workflows to save time and make the process manageable at scale. Read on to learn how it works. 1 . Discover all SaaS apps used b
Epic Games Forum Hacked, Once Again — Over 800,000 Gamers' Data Stolen

Epic Games Forum Hacked, Once Again — Over 800,000 Gamers' Data Stolen

Aug 23, 2016
If you are a fan of Unreal Tournament from Epic Games or ever have participated in discussions on the online forums run by Epic Games, you possibly need to change your forum password as soon as possible. It seems the Unreal Engine and its creators, Epic Games' forums have recently been compromised by an unknown hacker or a group of hackers, who have stolen more than 800,000 forum accounts with over half a Million from the Unreal Engine's forums alone. The hackers get their hands on the forum accounts by exploiting a known vulnerability resided in an outdated version of the vBulletin forum software, which allowed them to get access to the full database. Epic believes registration information that includes usernames, scrambled passwords, email addresses, dates of birth, IP addresses, and date of joining, may have been obtained in the attack. "We believe a recent Unreal Engine and Unreal Tournament forum compromise revealed email addresses and other data entered in
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NIST Cybersecurity Framework: Your Go-To Cybersecurity Standard is Changing

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Find everything you need to know to prepare for NIST CSF 2.0's impending release in this guide.
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