Fortnite hack leads to children’s personal data being shared on the dark web as scammers rack up huge in-game charges

Fortnite hack leads to children’s personal data being shared on the dark web as scammers rack up huge in-game charges
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Fortnite hack leads to children’s personal data being shared on the dark web as scammers rack up huge in-game charges

PARENTS warned about a security breach in Fortnite after children’s personal date was found on the dark web.

Scammers have been selling login and passwords for £2.05 each, allowing buyers to rack up huge in-game charges on the accounts of unsuspecting players.

    Players use various weapons to survive on the dystopian planet.


Players use various weapons to survive on the dystopian planet.Credit: EPIC

Online criminals have also hacked Fortnite players’ payment information to harvest users’ bank accounts.

The dark web Fortnite fraud market was discovered by virtual private network (VPN) comparison service

The age rating on the game is 12+ and parents have been told to keep an eye on their children’s accounts.

Simon Migliano, Head of Research at, said: “As one of the biggest games in the world, Fortnite has attracted scammers looking to exploit its huge user base.

“The temptation for criminals is both the variety of Fortnite users, many of whom are children or teenagers, and the way the game makes money.

    Have hackers leaked your password?  It's pretty easy to figure out


Have hackers leaked your password? It’s pretty easy to figure outCredit: Getty – Contributor
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“In ‘traditional’ games, players would pay a one-time fee to access content.

“But access to Fortnite is free before promptly inviting users to purchase cosmetic items and passes that can earn rewards.”

Insiders found that codes for the paid version of the game are also on sale, allowing buyers to spend just £3 for £40 worth of games.

Some Fortnite user data was announced “for sale” that contained “payment data and not 2FA” which stands for secure banking “two factor authentication”.

Others urged greedy potential buyers: “Please don’t change the password of the accounts!”

The harvested accounts could have been obtained through a series of tried and tested hacks.


Credit: Epic Games

These include phishing, brute force hacking attacks, and going through thousands of stolen credentials for other website accounts, knowing that some victims will also use the same login and passwords for Fortnite.

Mr. Migliano added: “By hacking an account, criminals can rack up significant charges on in-app purchases.

“The big concern is that while Fortnite’s age rating is 12, a large portion of its users are young.

“So they may not always be aware that high-ranking accounts attract criminals.

“This is also a concern for parents who might have given their children payment information without realizing that their login details, and therefore their bank account details, are for sale on the dark web. “.

Fortnite is quickly taking over the world as the most popular video game, but experts are warning of a looming addiction crisis.

It combines elements of various popular types of games.

It has the shooting styles of war games, but the gathering and building components of Minecraft.

Fortnite is a survival game where players create a superhero avatar and compete against each other on a dystopian island.

    Fortnite is rated 12+ in the UK, but many parents allow even younger kids to play


Fortnite is rated 12+ in the UK, but many parents allow even younger kids to playCredit: Epic Games

Each game, or ‘match’ as ​​each competition is known, starts with 100 players.

The object of the game is to be the last one standing. Users can form alliances and play in small groups.

To enable this and the interactive experience, the game allows for completely open communication between players.

Inspired by The Hunger Games novels and movies, players search for weapons to help them survive.

Armed with wacky weapons and hilarious dances, the game has swept across the gaming world, and kids are flocking to it.

However, experts warn that the popularity of the game is becoming an obsession.

The World Health Organization has warned that excessive use of Fortnite-style video games on the internet could be classified as an official mental health disorder.

‘Gaming disorder’ is characterized by “poor control over gambling, to the extent that gambling takes precedence over other interests and daily activities”.

It was recently claimed that a nine-year-old UK schoolgirl was in rehab after becoming so addicted to Fortnite that she wet herself to keep from quitting.

Jeff Brazier explains why he banned his son from playing the popular computer game Fortnite

What is Fortnite?

  • Fortnite: Battle Royale is a version of Fortnite, a video game released by Epic Games in July 2017.
  • The online game is set in a post-apocalyptic world, based on a battle for survival.
  • Fortnite offers two distinct modes: Player vs. Environment ‘Save the World’ and the more recent Player vs. Player Battle Royale game.
  • The game begins with 100 players jumping out of a plane onto a small island, fighting each other until there is no one left.
  • Fortnite has proven to be a huge success with over 3 million kids
  • The game is free to play and kids can team up with a friend, a group of friends, or compete as a duo or squad.
  • Matches can last up to 20 minutes.
  • Although it is a multiplayer shooter, no graphic violence is shown.

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