Wednesday, 19 June, 2019

A 'Fortnite' security flaw could have exposed players' accounts

Fortnite is so big, criminals are now using it to launder stolen money Hackers May Have Accessed Your Fortnite Account
Roberta Sherman | 21 January, 2019, 00:46

Epic Games used an unvalidated domain for the login page accounts.epicgames.com, which could be redirected to another online location. A new report reveals that industry leader Fortnite earned $2.4 billion a year ago, "the most annual revenue of any game in history".

"We reported on early November, and we noticed it was fixed on End of November", Oded Vanunu, one of the Check Point security researchers told ZDNet via email. Since its release in 2017, Fortnite's player-base has grown by the tens of millions.

Check Point researchers found a serious vulnerability in Epic Games' sub-domains, which could have easily granted access to user's account without handing over the login details on a phishing website. "Threat actors are scoffing at Epic Games' weak security measures, saying that the company doesn't seem to care about players defrauding the system and purchasing discounted V-bucks", he said.

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Researchers discovered that dusty corners of Epic's web infrastructure were vulnerable to a combination of the XSS vuln and a SQL injection attack, allowing them to compromise Epic's social media account single sign-on implementation.

The popular online game "Fortnite" is a worldwide sensation drawing in tens of millions of users each month. The game has 200million users with registered accounts.

The vulnerability was found by security researchers from Israeli cyber-security firm Check Point, who reported the issue privately to the game maker past year.

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"Fortnite" generated the most annual revenue of any game in history and popularized gaming video content among mainstream audiences, according to industry analyst firm SuperData.

We see "how susceptible cloud applications are to attacks and breaches". In December, for instance, the BBC talked to roughly 20 hackers who claimed to have stolen the accounts of real-life Fortnite users in order to resell the accounts to others. They were able to identify vulnerabilities in Epic Games' token authentication process that would have enabled them to steal the user's access token and perform an account takeover. These platforms are being increasingly targeted by hackers because of the huge amounts of sensitive customer data they hold.

This would have enabled hackers to log in to a user's Fortnite account and view any data stored there, including the ability to buy more in-game currency at the user's expense.

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It also encourages players to use two-factor authentication, which will require them to enter a security code sent to their phone upon login.

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