Epic hit with lawsuit

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#1 Posted by uninspiredcup (34354 posts) -
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This is why having multiple accounts across multiple services is great and not a big deal.

Epic Games hit with class-action lawsuit over hacked Fortnite accounts

"Fortnite users have an ongoing interest in ensuring that their personal information is protected from past and future cyber-security threats."

Epic Games is facing a class-action lawsuit following a data breach which exposed personal information from millions of users' accounts.

The data breach occurred back in January this year, when hackers found a flaw in Fortnite's login system, allowing them to impersonate players and purchase V-Bucks with the bank information attached to their accounts.

The graphic below, made by Bleeping Computer, illustrates how hackers were getting into players' accounts.

According to a webite, the lawsuit has been filed by Franklin D. Azar and Associates in US District Court in North Carolina on behalf of more than 100 class members. They're claiming Epic failed "to maintain adequate security measures and notify users of the security breach in a timely manner".

The law firm reported that Epic was notified about the security issue back in November 2018, but didn't acknowledge the problem until two months later.

"Affected 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 minimise the risk of future data breaches including cancelling credit cards associated with their Epic Games/Fortnite accounts and changing passwords for those accounts," Franklin D. Azar and Associates states.

"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 cyber-security threats."

One of the more legitimate arguments against the Epic Games Store has centred around the company's security issues, and while the problems allowing this data breach have since been fixed, perhaps the lawsuit will serve as the motivation it needs to make its service more secure.

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-08-12-epic-games-hit-with-class-action-lawsuit-over-hacked-fortnite-accounts

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#2 Posted by warmblur (2793 posts) -

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#3 Edited by pyro1245 (5153 posts) -

Put the fix on the road map behind the shopping cart.

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#4 Posted by Heirren (2223 posts) -

@warmblur:

Epic getting put in check lol.

What a turn of events for them.

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#5 Edited by DaVillain- (37519 posts) -

Epic Fail!

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#6 Posted by NoodleFighter (10454 posts) -

They don't even have email verification, not surprising a lawsuit for their poor security would eventually happen.

All the people shouting "its just another launcher" looking reall dumb right now.

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#7 Posted by lundy86_4 (53622 posts) -

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#8 Posted by mandzilla (4154 posts) -

Epic secures an exclusive lawsuit, justice!

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#9 Posted by lundy86_4 (53622 posts) -

@mandzilla: That... Was excellent.

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#10 Posted by mandzilla (4154 posts) -

@lundy86_4: Danke, what goes around comes around lol.

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#11 Posted by watercrack445 (1725 posts) -
@NoodleFighter said:

They don't even have email verification, not surprising a lawsuit for their poor security would eventually happen.

All the people shouting "its just another launcher" looking reall dumb right now.

Especially, for those two couple who made the Ooblets game.

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#12 Posted by NoodleFighter (10454 posts) -

@watercrack445: Their incredibly condescending and dismissive attitudes makes it look really bad for them.

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#13 Posted by Pedro (35448 posts) -

@davillain-: ? Where is your mod tag?

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#14 Edited by DaVillain- (37519 posts) -

@Pedro: ?

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#15 Posted by Basinboy (13916 posts) -

A speeding ticket, in the grand scheme of things. A careless, but expendable mistake.

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#16 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (19799 posts) -

@davillain-: you tagging him because he loves to corporate shill?

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#17 Posted by AJStyles (1023 posts) -

I’m too lazy to think or understand.

Why are people mad?

TL/DR = ???

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#18 Posted by nethernova (5702 posts) -

So it all starts with people clicking on "malicious links"? Fantastic.

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#19 Edited by dzimm (5513 posts) -

Another lawsuit where the lawyers are going to walk away with millions, and the plaintiffs will get nothing. (And it'll most likely be settled out of court.)

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#20 Edited by mrbojangles25 (44130 posts) -

Can't say I am surprised; the Tencent-Epic Game Store was a rush job, a bare-bones option put out there simply to get a jump on things. When you half-ass something, it tends to go wrong.

Once again, I can't stress how important it is to boycott this thing that is bad for consumers; you don't need what they offer right away, just wait until the exclusivity deal expires after a year or play something else.

@dzimm said:

Another lawsuit where the lawyers are going to walk away with millions, and the plaintiffs will get nothing. (And it'll most likely be settled out of court.)

You don't know that, but even if it were true, I'd say it's all right because this is more about punishing Tencent-Epic than rewarding people; as long as money is taken from them and they question their tactics, then this is a successful lawsuit.

@mandzilla said:

Epic secures an exclusive lawsuit, justice!

Bwahahahahahaha. Nice.

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#21 Posted by clone01 (27527 posts) -

@Pedro said:

@davillain-: ? Where is your mod tag?

Hmm. looks like it's there to me.