Fortnite is the new honeypot for scammers that are targeting the in-game currency of the popular online game.
Between early September and early October, researchers detected more than 53,000 Fortnite scams, 86% of them came from social media and 14% from web domains.
Fortnite is a free to play a game that is attracting more and more players to the virtual playground, in which players can make in-game purchases with the game’s V-Buck currency. Fortnite is making an estimated $300 million a month on in-game purchases, and this kind of money surely does represent an attractive target for scammers, who tricking users into buying fake V-Bucks on the cheap or even for free.
Researchers say that form the estimated 43 million players, many are falling victim to the scams especially when the minimum required age to play the game is 12.
As you see everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
Keep in mind that V-Bucks are only available through Fortnite! An also take into consideration that scammers have crafted fraudulent coupon sites and “V-Buck generators” to trick players into sharing personal information that includes their game credentials, credit card information and home addresses.
All games with a microeconomy, especially Fortnite, represent prime targets for hackers because these economies are a great way to make money without attracting too much attention to yourself because of the lack of regulation and the nuances of the economy.
Always keep an eye out looking for sites that are malicious or scam, especially nowadays where due to the professionalism of these sites and the relative ease it takes to make a new website the online space can be easily flooded with them. Freely giving your username and password in a phishing attack or downloading and executing malware are the most common cyber attacks that you can fall for.
We would continue to monitor this cybersecurity problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.