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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
The Drop in Ransomware Attacks in 2024 and What it Means

The Drop in Ransomware Attacks in 2024 and What it Means

Apr 08, 2024Ransomware / Cybercrime
The  ransomware industry surged in 2023  as it saw an alarming 55.5% increase in victims worldwide, reaching a staggering 5,070.  But 2024 is starting off showing a very different picture.  While the numbers skyrocketed in Q4 2023 with 1309 cases, in Q1 2024, the ransomware industry was down to 1,048 cases. This is a 22% decrease in ransomware attacks compared to Q4 2023. Figure 1: Victims per quarter There could be several reasons for this significant drop.  Reason 1: The Law Enforcement Intervention Firstly, law enforcement has upped the ante in 2024 with actions against both LockBit and ALPHV. The LockBit Arrests In February, an international operation named "Operation Cronos" culminated in the arrest of at least three associates of the infamous LockBit ransomware syndicate in Poland and Ukraine.  Law enforcement from multiple countries collaborated to take down LockBit's infrastructure. This included seizing their dark web domains and gaining access to their backend sys
Fortnite Flaws Allowed Hackers to Takeover Gamers' Accounts

Fortnite Flaws Allowed Hackers to Takeover Gamers' Accounts

Jan 16, 2019
Check Point researchers have discovered multiple security vulnerabilities in Fortnite, a massively popular online battle game, one of which could have allowed remote attackers to completely takeover player accounts just by tricking users into clicking an unsuspectable link. The reported Fortnite flaws include a SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS) bug, a web application firewall bypass issue, and most importantly an OAuth account takeover vulnerability. Full account takeover could be a nightmare, especially for players of such a hugely popular online game that has been played by 80 million users worldwide, and when a good Fortnite account has been sold on eBay for over $50,000. The Fortnite game lets its players log in to their accounts using third-party Single Sign-On (SSO) providers, such as Facebook, Google, Xbox, and PlayStation accounts. According to the researchers, the combination of cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw and a malicious redirect issue on the Epic Games&
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Fortnite for Android Released, But Make Sure You Don't Download Malware

Fortnite for Android Released, But Make Sure You Don't Download Malware

Oct 12, 2018
Yes, it is official. The massively popular battle royale video game from Epic Games, Fortnite: Battle Royale is finally available for Android devices. Epic announced Thursday that the Android version of Fortnite is now available for everyone to download for free, so you no longer require an invite to play the most popular battle royale game on your phone. Epic Games have provided a list of supported Android phones on its official website, from where you can directly download Fortnite for your compatible device. Initially available for a brief period as a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 exclusive title, Fortnite: Battle Royale for Android was later opened up to other Android devices, but users still needed an invitation for the beta to play. Thankfully, you no longer need an invitation. Now all Android users can download Fortnite, provided they have a compatible device. Fortnite for Android Not Available on Google App Store For those unaware, Fortnite is not available for download
Beware! Fortnite Cheat Hijacks Gamers’ PCs to Intercept HTTPS Traffic

Beware! Fortnite Cheat Hijacks Gamers' PCs to Intercept HTTPS Traffic

Jul 04, 2018
If you are looking for Fortnite v-bucks generator, aimbot or any other game cheats—then beware—you might end up installing malware on your PC! Web-based game-streaming platform Rainway is reporting that tens of thousands of Fortnite players have inadvertently infected their systems with a piece of malware that hijacks their encrypted HTTPS web sessions to inject fraudulent ads into every website they visit. According to a blog published by Rainway CEO Andrew Sampson, the company began receiving hundreds of thousands of error reports from its server logs last week, and after investigating, the team found that the systems of their users were attempting to connect with various ad platforms. Since Rainway system only allows whitelisted domains to load content, all ads-related requests got rejected, resulting in triggering an error every time the users' systems try to connect with a third-party server. It turns out that the malicious adware attacking Rainway users had one t
Epic Games Fortnite for Android–APK Downloads Leads to Malware

Epic Games Fortnite for Android–APK Downloads Leads to Malware

Jun 18, 2018
Given Fortnite's current popularity and craziness across the globe, we understand if you have been searching the web for download links to Fortnite APK for Android phone. However, you are not alone, thousands of people out there are also searching tutorials and links for, " how to install Fortnite on Android " or " how to download Fortnite for Android " on the Internet. The app has taken the world by storm since its launch in the same way Minecraft and Pokemon Go took before it. The fortnite game spent the first third of 2018 breaking records with an astonishing 3.4 million players playing the game at a time in February. However, you should keep this in mind—Fortnite for Android smartphones is not available yet and, is still under development. In March when Epic Games released Fortnite game for iOS, the company also announced that the world's most famous battle royale game with more than 125 million players is also coming to Android this summer.
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