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 account information, purchase the in-game currency known as V-bucks or even record players' chats and background home conversations, Check Point Software Technologies researchers Alon Boxiner, Eran Vaknin and Oded Vanunu revealed today in a new report.

Unlike other recent malicious Fortnite campaigns, a scam using these vulnerabilities would not have required fooling victims into entering their account information into a phishing page, the report explains. Instead, the attackers could have captured users' credentials simply by tricking them into clicking a link, with no further interaction needed.

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