Fortnite players warned over hack attacks

Fortnite players warned over hack attacks
From BBC - March 13, 2018

Players of the hugely popular Fortnite video game are being urged to be vigilant as malicious hackers kick off campaigns to hijack accounts.

In recent weeks, many Fortnite players have reported via social media that their accounts have been taken over.

Many have been hit with high charges for games and other items they never bought.

Fortnite maker Epic said it was aware of the attacks and was looking into them.

The game is a co-operative survival shooting title that lets players build structures out of materials they scavenge from the game world.

Its most popular format is the Battle Royale mode which pits 100 players against each other, some of whom are in small teams, to see who is the last man standing.

News site Forbes said it had seen "dozens" of reports online by people who said their accounts had been compromised.

Many said they did not know how the hackers had got at their accounts.

The fraudulent payments made by the hackers appear to have been completed using payment details saved on the Fortnite game accounts.

Players have been hit by high charges for different versions of the Fortnite game as well as its online currency and cosmetic items for in-game characters.

Erik Kain, writing on Forbes, speculated that the attackers may have got at accounts because people re-used passwords across different services.

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