Fortnite hit with data breach lawsuit, Fortnite champ is swatted live on stream

    
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And this fad can end any time now, I'm not going to lie.

Epic Games and Fortnite are not having the best week. First, according to Polygon, the company’s been hit with a class-action lawsuit in North Carolina over a security vulnerability in one of Epic’s Fortnite websites discovered by cybersecurity research firm Check Point late last year.

“Not until two months later did Epic Games acknowledge the flaw,” says the law firm originating the suit, Franklin D. Azar & Associates. “Epic Games did not disclose how many accounts were affected by the data breach.” What Epic did do was automate its account database and enable 2FA. The firm, however, says that’s not enough and is currently seeking more plaintiffs to join the suit.

“[A]ffected Fortnite users have suffered an ascertainable loss in that they have had fraudulent charges made to their credit or debit cards and must undertake additional security measures, some at their own expense, to minimize the risk of future data breaches including cancelling credit cards associated with their Epic Games/Fortnite accounts and changing passwords for those accounts. Furthermore, Fortnite users have no guarantee that the above security measures will in fact adequately protect their personal information. Fortnite users therefore have an ongoing interest in ensuring that their personal information is protected from past and future cybersecurity threats.”

Meanwhile, in other awful Fortnite news, remember the 16-year-old kid who just won Fortnite’s World Cup at the end of July? Yeah, he got swatted while streaming the game. Viewers were treated to confusion on the stream as the poor kid’s dad calls him away when police arrive at their front door, then a few minutes later, he comes back.

“Yeah I got swatted,” he says. “I was lucky cuz the one officer […] lives in our neighborhood. […] They come in with guns, bro. They literally pulled up, holy shit.” Readers will recall that swatting – i.e., calling up the police to report a fake crime at your victim’s residence in the hopes that the police will show up and wreck said victim – has led to fatalities for victims and prison time for perps and isn’t even remotely funny.

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IronSalamander8 .

SWATing is ridiculous and extremely dangerous. People doing that should do jail time.

As for the Epic breach. I’m not surprised really. Epic is just not winning any goodwill awards lately and I’m glad I removed their store from my machine, we haven’t touched Fortnite (save the world mode only) in ages anyway.

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Godnaz

Could have been much worse for that kid and his family. Sounds like the father opened the door for the police. The fact that he made it back to his PC says it was cleared up in a short period of time. I hope the police find the swat caller.

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Nathan Aldana

Honestly also at some point peiople need to duiscuss the point that SWATing is even a possibility. Only in america will cops cheerfully show up to yopur door heavily armed and ready to fire with only a phone call

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Godnaz

The discussion is already going on because comes down to gun laws. Swatting isn’t necessary in most because law enforcement rarely run into occasions where the occupant has firearms.

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Nathan Aldana

swatting is the concept of calling the cops with a fake call specifically to get swat to show up armed and ready to go because they suspect theire going into an active combat stuation.

More than once its ended in a trigger happy SWAT officer gunning s0meone down, so that kids dad is lucky to be alive.

Thats the problem. the fact that if im a good enough liar, i can get cops to show up armed and ready and expecting a firefight.

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rafael12104

Hmm. Well, the first sounds like a good old lawyer shakedown. I mean had this been a real issue we would have heard a great deal more about this from players themselves. This game is played by millions. So, on the face of it. Lawyers are greenmailing and hope panic will make the class action fly.

As for the SWAT incident. I hope there is a full investigation and the purps get what’s coming to them. I don’t think that this will blow over because of the previous fatalities. And it shouldn’t. Time for the SWATers to get SWATed.