‘Fornite’ players exposed to hackers who could control accounts, purchase in-game items

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 12: Game enthusiasts and industry personnel visit the ‘Fortnite’ exhibit during the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (WFLA) – Players of popular videogame “Fortnite” were exposed to hackers who could control their accounts and purchase in-game items through the player’s credit card on file, NBC News reports.

NBC News reports cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies discovered the “massive security hole” in November and alerted developer Epic Games.

Epic Games told NBC it fixed the issue this month.

Through the security hole, hackers could gain access to a player’s account without the need for login information.

NBC News reports the security hole was tied to flaws in the developers’ sub-domains.

Players needed to only click on a phishing link, crafted to look like it came from Epic Games, to fall victim. 

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