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The fraud generally centers around V-Bucks, the in-game currency

Posted on February 9, 2019 by

The fraud generally centers around V-Bucks, the in-game currency that players use to purchase various items and upgrades. V-Bucks cost real money; Fortnite is free to play but reportedly raked in a billion dollars in revenue by May for Epic Games, a significant chunk of which came from in-app purchases. Scammers typically try to lure people who’d rather not pay up, offering “V-Cash generators” and fake coupons in exchange for personal information, credit card numbers, or ad clicks that generate revenue for the crooks.

 

“The biggest thing that surprised us was the professionalism that went into some of these websites, where they would design some of these V-Bucks sites with a lot of skill,” says Allen. “They made it look really legitimate, they had awesome user experiences, and as you go deep into those things, they made it really hard for people to differentiate between what was legitimate and what was not.”

The sites generally encourage visitors to click ads in order to unlock V-cash, which never materializes. Some of them deploy clever tricks, too, to appear not just valid but active, with fake messages from pretend Fortnite fans appearing onscreen or fake comment sections full of phony satisfied customers.

The domains also often had security certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt, which simply means that they provide encrypted connections. It’s a popular technique among scammers, because it makes any site appear safe, regardless of its actual intentions. “The issue here is not that phishing sites have certificates and use HTTPS,” says Let’s Encrypt head Josh Aas. “All websites, including phishing sites, should use HTTPS. The issue is that lock icons in browsers are misleading. Some people incorrectly interpret lock icons as a sign that a site’s content is safe or trustworthy, and that’s a completely separate issue from whether or not the connection is secure. “

The fortnite free v bucks generator navetic gaming scams ZeroFox tracked also stand out for their coordinated approach. “The more interesting ones that we found redirected from one social network to another. We’ve seen a lot of videos that would be linked from a post on Facebook, going to a video on YouTube, which then would link to a phishing or a scam domain,” says Allen. “It’s like they tried to connect a lot of these things to provide more of a sense of legitimacy to the victims. It builds trust.”

And while Fortnite scams have spread steadily for months, they lately seem to come in waves, says Ben Herzberg, head of threat research for security firm Imperva, which has also tracked these campaigns. That includes a recent surge around Labor Day and another at the end of last week. The platforms are generally responsive when alerted to these threats, but don’t expect them to disappear anytime soon. The domains are too hard to shut down, and the racket is too lucrative. In July, Imperva suggested that Fortnite scammers are on track to collectively haul in over a million dollars in 2018.

Season 7 of Fortnite is set to end on February 28 according to Epic’s website

Posted on February 8, 2019 by

Following the release of game’s 7.30 update, dataminers discovered audio files indicating some sort of earthquake event would occur in the game (via Fortnite Insider). It appears the tremors have started, as players on Twitter and Reddit are posting clips of the map spontaneously quaking in the middle of a match.

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The aforementioned audio files were labeled as “small,” “med,” and “lrg,” suggesting the tremors players are experiencing in the game will only continue to grow in strength as we approach Season 8. As for what they could mean for the new season, that remains anyone’s guess at this point, although it’ll likely result in some portion of the map being dramatically transformed fortnite v bucks generator.

Season 7 of Fortnite is set to end on February 28 according to Epic’s website, which means you only have a little time left to complete any outstanding challenges and unlock this season’s skins and other rewards. If you need help mopping up any remaining tasks, you can find tips and guides in our complete Season 7 challenges roundup.

In other Fortnite news, Epic recently rolled out the game’s 7.30 content update, which introduced another new item to the game: Bottle Rockets. The developer also tweaked environmental campfires so they can be lit to restore health and kicked off another limited-time mode.

Anonymous music producer/DJ Marshmello will perform a set within Epic Games’

Posted on February 4, 2019 by

Information about the virtual show leaked online on TuesdayMarshmello’s performance will start at 2 p.m. ET on Pleasant Park’s football field. Players who visit that area can check out the stage that’s already set up. The leak also suggests that players who aren’t in Pleasant Park on Saturday will still hear the music and see lights from anywhere on the map.

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The show will apparently be its own limited-time mode called “Party at Pleasant Park.” Respawns will be enabled, which means players can probably kill each other as they listen to the music. There’s also reportedly a cosmetic bundle on the way that includes a Marshmello skin, pickaxe, and spray. There’s no word yet on how long the LTM will last or what the bundle will cost fortnite v bucks generator.

The Marshmello concert is an interesting concept, especially in light of Epic Games’ current legal troubles. A number of musicians and celebrities are suing the studio, claiming it copied their dance moves and sold them as emotes without their permission and without compensation. The plaintiffs include “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” actor Alfonso Ribeiro, rapper 2 Milly, and Instagram personality “Backpack Kid.” Perhaps this is a sign that Epic is learning the error of its ways and is looking to collaborate with creators going forward.

HOW FORTNITE V-BUCKS ARE USED TO LAUNDER MONEY

Posted on February 2, 2019 by

According to researchers, hackers are using stolen credit cards to purchase V-Bucks. From there, the purchased V-Bucks are resold at a discount rate to players, as a means of “cleaning up” the currency. Cyber-security firm Sixgill first discovered these activities. The company’s agents reportedly uncovered the operations by pretending to be potential customers and engaging in transactions with some of the criminals.

Benjamin Preminger, a Senior Intelligence Analyst at Sixgill, said: Criminals are executing carding fraud and getting money in and out of the Fortnite system with relative impunity.

It is unclear how much money the scammers have been able to make from these operations. However, Sixgill also noted that the amount of money flowing around Fortnite had seen exponential increases as the game continues to grow in popularity.

 

A PRACTICAL SCAM FOR THE DARK WEB

The scam operation makes much sense. Ever since its release, the online battle royale game has been a massive hit, attracting hundreds of millions of players in the process. The majority of these players are kids and teenagers, who are impressionable and can often easily be scammed.

The dark web, the secluded part of the internet that can only be accessed via specialized software, is where a lot of online criminal activities are conducted. While the money laundering being conducted with Fortnite’s V-Bucks can be found on other aspects of the internet (such as social media platforms), these activities are reportedly being carried out on a much larger scale on the dark web.

ARE V-BUCKS THE NEW BITCOIN?

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While it has found increasing use as a store of value and means of exchange in some quarters, Bitcoin has also drawn ire as an alleged tool for criminal activities. According to crypto research firm CipherTrace, criminals laundered over $2.5 billion worth of Bitcoin use from January 2009 to September 2018.

Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite, intends to stamp out V-Buck laundering before it grows to that scale. Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for the company said:

Epic Games takes these issues seriously, as chargebacks and fraud put our players and our business at risk. As always, we encourage players to protect their accounts by turning on two-factor authentication, not re-using passwords and using strong passwords, and not sharing account information with others.

The criminals create a free Fortnite account and use the stolen cards

Posted on January 22, 2019 by

As reported by Variety, the criminals are stealing credit cards and turning them into cash. Sounds a bit complicated, right? Here is how they do it.

The criminals create a free Fortnite account and use the stolen cards to purchase “free v bucks generator,” skins and other items. Basically, they pump up the account and when they are all set, they sell these accounts on e-Bay, G2G and on the Dark Net for less than the actual value. Then, they require bank transfers through PayPal and once the money are sent, the buyer gets the account with all details such as email and password.

Criminals are executing carding fraud and getting money in and out of the Fortnite system with relative impunity,” Sixgill senior intelligence analyst Benjamin Preminger told The Independent. According to him, Epic Games doesn’t seem to care about the illegal activities so long as their currency is being bought and paid for.

And this is a problem that’s only going to get bigger, alongside Epic Games’ profit margin. Fortnite turned a profit of $3 billion in 2018. You have to wonder, how much of that was stolen money?

 

 

 

over 200 million of Fortnite User Accounts Made Vulnerable

Posted on January 19, 2019 by

over 200 million fortnite players who spend hours fighting for survival in the computer generated world. Now, researchers from security company Check Point are saying those millions of players could have had their account information accessed thanks to a vulnerability in Epic Games’ domain.

Check Point researchers say they discovered a susceptible website hosted on Epic Games’ domain—which has since been taken down—that could be used to capture users’ authentication tokens. These tokens would allow hackers to log into Fortnite accounts without the need for a user name and password giving bad actors access to live audio while users played the game, access to user information and the last four digits of saved credit cards.

 

Fortnite accounts are highly valued, especially if the account has amassed a large amount of accessories, which are earned or purchased through the game. Oftentimes, you can find a Fortnite account being sold through online marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist—sometimes for thousands of dollars. This gives hackers incentive to go after the free-to-play online game’s users, many of who are teens and children.

Check Point told BuzzFeed News that they hoped the news of the vulnerability would spark conversations at home between parents and children about cybersecurity and online fraud.

“Fortnite is not a game,” Check Point’s head of products vulnerability Oded Vanunu said. “It is an infrastructure, a platform, where you buy things, communicate with friends, joke with people online, and [where] most of the players are kids fortnite v bucks generator. That’s why we are happy to help Epic Games fix this, and Mae sure that consumers understand what is happening.”

A Fortnite leaker has given fans a peek into upcoming skins

Posted on January 12, 2019 by

As for a new Epic emote, players will be able to hype up their team with the new Cheer Up complete with pom-poms and a gleeful cheerleading routine.

To change the tune, Fortnite is including a Rare emote called the Lazy Shuffle complete with the character lazily shuffling to blaring dance music.

Two uncommon emotes, Time Out and Storm Salutations, should also be on the way soon. Storm Salutations might have turned into a ghost file as the leaker said it’s no longer in the game, suggesting “the animation was deleted around the time Praise the Tomato came out.”

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The new and aesthetically pleasing Rush Glider.

Finally, three Uncommon gliders take flight with the green camouflaged Steadfast v bucks hack, a brightly colored Rush, and orange/black Helium gliders.

The extensive leak covered all items in the game’s backend, but Epic Games could be cooking up more cosmetics by the time they drop.

In a post, Reddit user Lucas7yoshi recorded themselves looking through the new items in the game’s Locker which was filled with awesome new designs including the Instinct skin, new dance emotes, gliders and three new pickaxes.

Fortnite ‘Very Interested In Lightning Network’

Posted on January 10, 2019 by

Spagni also said that Fortnite is “very interested in Lightning Network, and we’re pushing hard to get them to add that to the list. Right now, they’ve only enabled Monero, even though they have a number of options (including bech32-enabled Bitcoin).”

Privacy has become an important issue amid rampant hacks and disturbing reports of user data being misused by social media monopolies like Facebook.

As CCN reported, Facebook has been having trouble recruiting top talent to its new blockchain division because of the numerous data-privacy scandals that have decimated the public’s trust in the corporate giant free vbucks no human verification

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A lot of people obviously don’t trust the Facebook brand right now, especially people in the crypto/blockchain world,” said Cheddar reporter Alex Heath. “A lot of them got into this industry because of the centralization and the data misuse of companies like Facebook.”

Many users were outraged after learning that Facebook has been selling their personal data for years — without their consent — to third parties for profit.

US Govt Wants To Track Monero Transactions

Digital currencies like Monero and Zcash are preferred among crypto users who prioritize privacy because they provide a high level of anonymity for users and their transactions.

However, that could soon be changing. In December 2018, the US Department of Homeland Security announced that it’s developing a monitoring framework to track Zcash and Monero transactions through a blockchain-based forensic analytics program.

The move is reportedly part of an effort by the US government to ensure that cryptocurrencies are not used to enable money-laundering, tax evasion and terror financing.

14 Days of Fortnite challenges

Posted on January 2, 2019 by

The DJ glider is available to everyone as the 14 Days of Fortnite challenges do not require a battle pass to complete.

But to unlock, players will need to search for 14 chests which are scattered around the map.

The good news is that these aren’t special chests but are actually the chests you can find spread across the map in every normal game.

 

It means that Fortnite fans can earn this new reward simply by playing the game normally, without needing to go off on a massive mission.

However, players should be warned that they will be required to finish all games that they open chests in.

It isn’t enough to just open a bunch in each game and then quit, as this might delete your progress.

The good news is that you can just be eliminated during a game to quit out early, with no need to actually win the game.

So the best recipe for success is probably to just drop on the most common named locations and fight your way to those important chests.

The DJ Glider is the final reward

The DJ Glider is the final reward (Image: EPIC GAMES)
Tilted Towers is a good shout, but fans needn’t worry too much as they can find houses and buildings with chests in them all over the Fortnite island.

As you might expect from the name, there are currently 14 challenges that can be completed to unlock new rewards free v bucks no human verification .

These come in all shapes and sizes and are open until Epic Games official shuts down the 14 Days of Fortnite challenges.

Epic Games next Fortnite Battle Royale update

Posted on December 25, 2018 by

Fortnite Battle Royale” updates on a weekly basis. The video game creator has recently released the v7.10 patch, adding numerous new files to the game data. While the patch itself wasn’t big, since the driftboard release has been postponed, data miners have found a lot of new files, revealing what things are going to be added to the popular video game.

The v7.10 content update was released on December 23 and it has brought in-game presents and new limited-time game modes.

However, the game developer will release another content update, and it will happen on Sunday, December 30. Considering that Epic Games has released every update between Tuesday and Thursday, this timing is odd, but we can expect a big surprise.

 

Things coming with the next update

The Driftboard was originally scheduled to be released with the v7.10 patch, but the game developer had to postpone it due to some bugs [VIDEO]. However, we can expect this new mobility item to be released this Sunday. Fortunately, “Fortnite Battle Royale” players have already had a chance to see what this item is going to look like. In case you missed it,

Along with the Driftboard, the video game creator may release the BoomBox [VIDEO]. At the moment, no one knows what exactly this item is going to be, but there is a chance that it is going to be a Boogie Bomb replacement. Some “Fortnite” players believe that this item is going to make gunshot sounds and that players are going to use it for diversion.

The upcoming content update may also add carrots.

Carrots are foraged items and it will most likely be placed all over the island, just like apples and mushrooms. However, free v bucks generator no human verification Epic Games hasn’t released any details about this item, so we don’t know how it is going to work. There is a chance that carrots are going to give players both shield and health, which would make them very valuable.