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A Legal Storm Brewing For Epic Games Over Fortnite Data Breach

Gaming article by Andrew Stretch on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 12:15
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While many Fortnite players are fighting against the strange storm in Save the World and Battle Royale developers Epic Games are going to be fighting their own legal battles in the courtrooms. After a data breach earlier in the year law firm Franklin D. Azar & Associates is attempting to reach out to any Fortnite players who believe that their data was acquired. The law firm is promising players that they will "fight to get you the recovery you deserve."

What information was in the data breach?

In January, Check Point Software Technologies, a cybersecurity company notified Epic Games of an issue with their sub-domains. If someone gained access to the system through this vulnerability it would allow for the viewing of credit card information and personal details. At the time that the vulnerability was found and fixed Epic released the following statement to Variety
We were made aware of the vulnerabilities and they were soon addressed, We thank Check Point for bringing this to our attention. As always, we encourage players to protect their accounts by not re-using passwords and using strong passwords, and not sharing account information with others.
While F.D. Azar acknowledged that this security hole was filled it was only after 2 months of it being brought to Epic's attention that it was fixed. It's because of Epic Games slow resolution speed and the damages to the players who were affected by having their information illegally obtained. Below is an image from their page on the leak detailing how this information could have been obtained.

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Image sourced from F. D. Azar & Associates

 

With the current player base of Fortnite reaching upwards of 200 million, there's no way to say how many have truly been affected by this data breach but it could be a lot. At the moment F. D. Azar & Associates have stated that they have over 100 Fortnite players currently signed up for the lawsuit.

What do you think of Epic Games being targeted for this lawsuit? Do you believe that you were affected by this suit?  Let us know in the comments below!

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Andrew Stretch

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I have been playing all kinds of games for as long as I can remember with a particular interest in action adventure and platforming titles. While I am primarily an Xbox gamer I also spend a fair bit of time on the PS4 and on my PC in VR.