Some Fortnite Accounts got hacked
Fortnite, the battle royale game that’s exploded with popularity has reportedly been hacked. Well, accounts have been hack we should say. A rising number of players have been hitting forums and customer service over fraudulent purchases. Some people have seen $200 in purchases overnight on their accounts. One person claimed they hadn’t played the game in months and saw a receipt in their e-mail…in Russian.
“We are aware of instances where users’ accounts have been compromised using well-known hacking techniques and are working to resolve these issues directly with those players affected,” Epic Games told Kotaku via email.
Should I be concerned?
Absolutely! I’ve been the victim of hacking before when I played on Xbox360. Trust me, your better off checking to ensure everything is secure than to assume your protected. Even if you haven’t played Fortnite in months, you should check your bank account AND ensure your account on Fortnite is secure. If you haven’t seen any fraudulent purchases, you should still change your password. The hacker(s) may not have logged into your account yet.
What can I do if I’m hacked!?
First thing to do is contact your bank ASAP. They can stop further charges pending that may be on their way. They can disable the credit/debit card being used by the hacker and issue you a new one. If needed, they can close your account and switch you to a new one. That last step is likely unnecessary as the hacker likely doesn’t know your checking account number. Next, submit a ticket with Epic and provide any information the bank may offer you for Epic to review. This could be something like a case number to make it easier for Epic to contact the bank’s fraud department on the situation.
What can I do to protect my account?
First step is a basic one…change your password. Use a password that you don’t use anywhere else and write it down. Using the same password over numerous websites is a recipe for disaster. Hackers will try many popular sites with your e-mail and password. Facebook, Paypal, Amazon, Bank Websites, Ebay, etc. Any site that can let them spend your money, they will look for.
Get a reputable anti-virus/firewall to protect yourself from keyloggers, tracking cookies, and other malware that may collect information on your browsing habits and keystrokes you make. This is one way a hacker may steal your password to get your account. A good anti-virus will detect these malware programs and remove them promptly.
Link your social media account to your Fortnite account for account recovery. This will help you take your account back should a hacker steal your account and change your password.
2-Step Verification (or 2-Factor sign-in) is your friend! You should use this with any and all account you have if available. This makes it increasingly difficult for hackers to hack your accounts(s). If not already, you should be using this with Google and Steam to further protect yourself. Epic also has 2-Step Verification for accounts, here is how to set it up:
- Go to your Account Settings and click on the Password & Security tab. Scroll to the bottom and click the Enable Two-Factor Sign In button.
- Open the e-mail you’ll receive to verify your account
- The first time you sign into a device, or it’s been over 30 days, you’ll need to ender the two-factor code to log in. This second code will be sent to your phone. This would require the hacker to have your phone in order to get the second code to log into your account.
There are also the basic smart rules to follow. Don’t use your account on a public computer as they can be compromised without you knowing. You shouldn’t give your account login info to anyone. Don’t trust sites offering free stuff. If they are offering free V-Bucks, they are likely trying to put a tracking cookie or something else on your computer to steal your password(s).
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