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Scammers con kids into paying for “free” Fortnite concert

Scammers using a major event to separate fools from their money is nothing new so several took advantage of the first live concert ever streamed through the massively popular video game Fortnite to sell non-existent tickets to gullible game players. In February Fortnite hosted DJ Marshmello who played a 10-minute set inside the game that…
Cybercrime, Security News

Scammers are swarming around popular Fortnite game, researchers warn

Wherever gamers go, scammers will follow — and that especially goes for the immensely popular survival and battle royale game Fortnite. Indeed, researchers at social media and digital protection company ZeroFOX reported yesterday that they generated 53,000 alerts related to Fortnite scams in one month alone, from early September to early October. Many of these scams falsely…
Gaming, Network Security, Patch Management, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Fixed Fortnite flaws could have enabled account takeovers

A series of vulnerabilities in the hugely popular online survival game Fortnite could have allowed malicious actors to take over players’ accounts, prompting developer Epic Games to fix the issues before a major incident transpired, according to researchers who discovered the program. Had the flaws been exploited, attackers could have victimized gamers by viewing their…
Cybercrime, Security News

Drake’s Fortnite account hacked, Travis Scott may also be affected

After taking home a Soul Train Award Toronto rapper Drake may be looking to change his Fortnite account password after someone hijacked his account to spew racial slurs during a charity livestream event. Livestreamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins was streaming for The Ellen Fund, a wildlife conservation fund created by Ellen host Ellen DeGeneres, when he received an invite…
Cybercrime, Gaming, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Syrk ransomware comes disguised as Fortnite cheat tool to ambush gamers

Cybercriminals have set a trap for Fortnite gamers, creating a ransomware program that comes disguised as a cheat hack, but actually encrypts files and then deletes them every two hours unless the victim pays up. The ransomware is named Syrk, but researchers at Cyren say in a blog post published this week that it is…
Data Breach, Security News

Nintendo Switch hack nearly twice as bad as first reported

Crisis communications experts always advise victims to not provide an initial estimate of impacted households or users because the number is always far greater. Such is the case with Nintendo, which admitted Tuesday that 300,000 of the Nintendo Switch accounts were hacked, not the 160,000 initially reported in April. Nintendo revised the impacted accounts in…
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Malware, Security News

Lokibot now using fake Epic Games installer to fool victims

The data harvesting malware Lokibot has again been upgraded by its creators, this time to impersonate a popular online game launcher in order to trick victims into mistakenly downloading the malware. Trend Micro researchers say Lokibot now presents itself as an installer of the Epic Games store. The threat actors used Nullsoft Scriptable Install System…
Cybercrime, Data Breach, Security News, Website/Web Server Security

Cracked.to hacking forum user data breached and leaked by rivals

Hacking online forum Cracked.to last July suffered a data breach at the hands of one of its rival communities, resulting in the compromise of roughly 321,000 members, breach reference website site “Have I Been Pwned?” reported this week. The breach resulted in a public doxxing that exposed a database containing 749,161 email accounts, as well…
Cyber gangs battle to take down Xbox and PlayStation gaming networks for Christmas.
Application Security, Cybercrime, Gaming, Research, Security News, Web Services Security, E-Commerce Security

Gaming industry has become popular target of credential stuffing attacks: study

A company’s recent analysis of credential abuse activity over a 17-month period uncovered roughly 55 billion credential stuffing attack attempts against various online services, roughly 12 billion of which targeted the gaming industry. Researchers at Akamai Technologies revealed the data in their latest State of the Internet/Security report, which specifically focuses on web attacks and…
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