‘Fortnite’s’ popularity has also made it a popular target for criminals

"Fortnite" has become so popular it is now a new playground for cyber-criminals, a new study has found.  The game, which has an online audience of more than 200 million players and monthly revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars, can also make the dubious claim of a burgeoning criminal ecosystem, according to research from cybersecurity … Continue reading “‘Fortnite’s’ popularity has also made it a popular target for criminals”

"Fortnite" has become so popular it is now a new playground for cyber-criminals, a new study has found. 

The game, which has an online audience of more than 200 million players and monthly revenues in the hundreds of millions of dollars, can also make the dubious claim of a burgeoning criminal ecosystem, according to research from cybersecurity firm Sixgill.

Fraudsters use stolen credit cards to purchase Fortnite-related goods and then unload those goods to unsuspecting buyers, receiving clean money in return.

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Citing a forum post from April 2018, Sixgill highlights the lengthy description of how to exploit the game for “carding” or using multiple credit cards to buy Fortnite "V-bucks" – an in-game currency.

Then, several others chimed in, claiming they were able to make in-game purchases using stolen credit cards. 

The goal is to ultimately cash out. In some cases, bad actors make money by selling the "Fortnite accounts" on dark web forums and markets, Sixgill said in its report. For example, an individual on a well-known deep web hacking forum offering to sell their Fortnite account for $150. As a form of payment, the individual accepts PayPal, Bitcoin, and WebMoney.

“The vendor notes that the package comes complete with email and password login information, access to the original email associated with the account, and even payments receipts,” the firm said in the report.

“Once the threat actor is able to sell the account, they have effectively laundered the money,” Sixgill added.

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The market for Fortnite goods is booming. In the past 60 days, the top 50 "Fortnite" items on eBay grossed over $250,000, according to Sixgill.

“Similarly, deep and dark web forums and markets offer countless possibilities for threat actors to monetize Fornite goods,” Sixgill said in its report.

Fortnite did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

Fox on games: Marvel gaming crossover

It's no secret: Marvel is trying to conquer the universe. No, we're not talking about the all-powerful Thanos of "Infinity War." Marvel's quest is for domination of the entertainment world, and they're getting one step closer with their newest property acquisition.

The world's biggest comic company has been increasingly branching out into the world of gaming, hoping to grab a big piece of the multi-billion-dollar industry. They've had mixed success so far, putting out popular game versions of titles like "Spider-Man," along with more forgettable ones like "Guardians of the Galaxy."  But now the company is reversing the process somewhat, teaming up with game studio Riot to explore the lives of characters from the hugely popular game "League of Legends." But this time it will be in comic form, not video. The tentative plan is to release an initial graphic novel under the Marvel brand, focusing on the game's long-range damage dealer Ashe. As a warrior, she sets out on a dangerous quest and needs to work as a young leader to save her people.

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The book, titled "League of Legends: Ashe: Warmother," will follow the origin of the archer who often serves as the mascot for the game. It's due out in May and if it's successful, it could lead to a longer series delving deeper into the backstories of the more popular characters. It's not the first time Riot has delved into the world of comics, publishing several panels on its website focusing on various players. But the studio's head of creative development, Greg Street, says "those were really helpful in figuring out the direction we are now committing to for our series with Marvel. We think comics are a great way to tell stories because they combine narrative text with artwork. We can show what a village in the frozen north of Freljord or what a ship looks like in a tropical port of Bilgewater."

‘Fortnite’ partners with the NFL to bring team jerseys, gliders, more

"Fortnite" gamers will be able to represent their favorite NFL teams as they face off in online combat.

Video game developer Epic Games and the NFL announced Monday that team outfits would be available for purchase from the Battle Royale Item Shop starting Friday at 7 p.m. ET. You'll also be able to add a number to the outfit you pick.

“We see the popularity of 'Fortnite' every day at the NFL as many of our players are passionate about this game,” Brian Rolapp, Chief Media and Business Officer at the NFL, said in a press release. “This partnership represents a great opportunity for millions of NFL fans who are 'Fortnite' players to express their fandom inside the game while at the same time exposing our brand to countless others.”

'Fortnite' will also have NFL-themed gliders, emotes and resource harvesting tools. Gamers will also have the chance to choose a 'Fortnite' jersey and a referee uniform.

“We have so many football fans at Epic and we know a lot of the game's fans share that same enthusiasm,” Mark Rein, co-founder of Epic Games, said in the release. “Allowing our players to represent their favorite teams in the game was too cool of an opportunity for us to pass up, and we couldn't be happier with how they turned out!”

'Fortnite' previously added branded outfits to the game’s shop, but it’s the first time it has developed a partnership of this kind with other companies, according to Engadget.

Gamers will be able to buy the items using V-bucks, an in-game currency. 'Fortnite' boasts 125 million players around the world.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

Fox on Games: Westerns rule gaming

A major gaming studio has gambled big-time on a new western, and it's paying off, launching a billion-dollar baby just in time for the holidays.

Rockstar Games is an industry heavyweight best known for the "Grand Theft Auto" series. Now they've got another runaway hit on their hands, the sequel to the classic western shooter "Red Dead Redemption." The second installment, "Red Dead Redemption 2," has been flying off store shelves in near-record numbers since its release, making over $725 million in just its first three days. In its first week, it made more than a billion dollars, proving there's an appetite for gamers who want to go back to the future for their entertainment.

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"Red Dead Redemption 2" is being described as a big leap forward for the genre, an epic Western with serious themes and dramatic undertones. It follows a main character, Arthur Morgan, as he navigates life in a gang in the waning days of the wild west, and players get to see what happens to outlaw culture as the west was won.

While the numbers for "Red Dead Redemption 2" are impressive, it isn't Rockstar's best-selling game of all-time. That record belongs to "Grand Theft Auto 5."  According to Rockstar's parent company Take Two, GTA5 reached the billion-dollar milestone after only three days in stores. And while the studio isn't likely to stray far from that formula anytime soon, it does acknowledge that the success of "Redemption 2" shows there's an appetite for more in-depth storytelling with historical settings. So don't be surprised if you see other westerns or similarly "serious" themed games coming from Rockstar in the near future.

‘Fortnite’ gamers use newly released NFL skins to create controversial players

The NFL and Epic Games partnered last week to bring team skins to one of the most popular video games in the world, “Fortnite.”

The game allows players who purchase the jersey items to choose a number to put on the back. However, some gamers appeared to have turned it around on the partners and have been using the new skins to court controversy.

Some players decided to use the skins to make their avatars look like a few controversial NFL figures, according to Yahoo Sports.

A few gamers who created the avatar of Colin Kaepernick took a picture of it taking a knee in the game. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback sparked controversy in 2016 when he kneeled during the national anthem to protest perceived racial and social injustice in the U.S.

Another player created Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end who was found guilty of murder before committing suicide in prison.

A Jason Pierre-Paul character was also created in the game. The character was featured with a bag of fireworks wrapped around his back. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman is infamously known for blowing off some of his fingers during a July 4, 2015 fireworks incident when he was playing for the New York Giants.

Among the aforementioned three avatars, someone created an O.J. Simpson character. A Twitter account named @The_Speck24 appeared to make the Simpson player and wrote in a tweet, “OJ Simpson skin so I can murder these opponents and try to get away with the W!”

It’s unclear whether Epic Games would create a system to limit players from creating certain avatars.

A request for comment from Epic Games wasn’t immediately returned to Fox News.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

Fox on Games: GoFundMe for gaming fan

Gamers were helping gamers this month, following a big loss for an ordinary family.

Wes Chel Pak was a big gaming fan who battled neuroblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer since he was five years old. Known as "Jedi Wes" to friends and family, the boy fought his illness with courage, spirit, and humor, often spontaneously breaking out in song that would be captured by his mother and posted to social media. But Wes eventually lost his battle with cancer, passing away just one month short of his 13th birthday.

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But before that happened, the gaming community stepped up to show Wes support in a big way.  In fact, his last wish was to play "Fallout 76," the newest edition of the massively popular series, before its release, and before anyone else who wasn't a member of the press. Thanks to a viral online campaign, Wes got his wish. Executives from Bethesda Games, the studio behind "Fallout," personally delivered a copy to Wes, who reportedly stayed upbeat until the very end, even after a diagnosis that his neuroblastoma had spread.

But Bethesda didn't stop with just a copy of the game; after learning a GoFundMe page had been set up, the studio made a $10,000 donation – by far the largest amount donated. Bethesda executives wrote "You have been an inspiration to the Fallout community and everyone at Bethesda. We will miss you, Wes."

Nintendo isn’t making an N64 Classic

In 2016, Nintendo gave us the NES Classic , and we bought millions of them. Then is 2017, Nintendo gave us the Super NES Classic and we bought even more millions of those. The two Classic systems have combined sales of over 8.8 million, so you might be surprised to hear we aren't getting an N64 Classic next.

We've heard rumors of an N64 Classic, with a Nintendo 64 controller trademark back in July being the biggest hint something might be in the works. But this week, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed the N64 Classic does not exist and Nintendo is not even considering making, let alone launching such a system.

The revelation came as part of an interview Fils-Aime gave to Kotaku while in New York. The reason why we aren't getting an N64 Classic may surprise you as well as reminding us Nintendo is a business that deals in fun, not the other way around.

Fils-Aime explained that the NES Classic and SNES Classic were launched as a "bridge" to cover the transition from the Wii U to the Switch . The Wii U performed very poorly and died quickly, and it did that before the Switch was ready to be launched. To cover that period of time before the launch, Nintendo saw an opportunity to continue selling hardware through retro collection systems for its oldest consoles.

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  • The tactic worked, but now the Switch is established and selling extremely well. So while consumers are asking when the N64 Classic will happen, Nintendo asked why it needs to happen and decided it didn't. It isn't a Classic system that will never happen, but as Fils-Aime made clear, "I would not ever rule something out … but what I can tell you is certainly that's not in our planning horizon."

    Instead of another Classic system, it looks as though Nintendo wants the focus to turn to its online subscription service on the Switch. Offering classic content through this service bypasses the need to make another physical item and all the costs associated with that. It also helps to encourage more Switch sales.

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    Walmart tips Cyber Monday laptop, iPhone, TV deals

    If Monday rolls around and you still have presents to buy, be sure to click over to Walmart's website.

    The retail giant's Cyber Monday promotion kicks off at 12 a.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 26. Walmart is promising "thousands" more Cyber Monday deals this year compared to last, along with greater availability of popular toys, electronics, and home goods.

    Here's some of the hottest tech deals you'll find at Walmart this Cyber Monday:

    MSI Performance Gaming Laptop 15.6-inch with Nvidia-GeForce for $799 ($200 off)Straight Talk Apple iPhone 8 Plus for $599.99 and the Straight Talk Apple iPhone 8 for $499.99 (each $99.01 off)Samsung 58-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV for $447.99 ($80 off)Polaroid 50-inch Class 4K Ultra HD (2160P) HDR Smart LED TV for $179.99 ($100 off)Dyson V6 Trigger Handheld Vacuum with Combination Tools for $99.99 ($70 off)Nerf Laser Ops Alphapoint Pro 2-Pack for $24.98 ($4.90 off)Overpowered Gaming Laptop 15-inch for $799 ($200 off)Nintendo Switch Console with Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for $299 ($59 off)Nintendo 2DS XL for $129 ($20.99 savings)Red Dead Redemption 2 PlayStation 4 + Bonus $10 Google Play eGift Card for $59.88 ($10 off)LEGO Classic Bricks on a Roll – 60th Anniversary Limited Edition for $19.99 ($5.01 off)ProForm 905 CST Treadmill with 5-inch Display, EKG HR Monitor for $699 ($150.99 off)

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  • Besides that, Walmart will have Cyber Monday deals on fashion, jewelry, luggage, and more. For more, check out Walmart's Deals Hub.

    Meanwhile, eBay is also has some great Cyber Monday deals planned, including 18 percent off the Xbox One X 1TB Fallout 76 bundle and 24 percent off Apple's 13.3-inch 128GB MacBook Air.

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    Fox on Games: Holiday gift guide

    The holidays are just around the corner, and most folks are just getting going with their gift shopping. But for those not in the know, what's the best way to find gifts for the favorite gamer in your life? Don't worry, we've got a handy guide that should put a smile on any gamer's face.

    Let's start with the obvious: most people already have a console or portable, but the hottest model at the moment is the Nintendo Switch.  And the "House of Mario" is really stepping up this holiday season, releasing a “Mario Kart 8” bundle that includes a new Switch – sure to get gamer hearts racing. For a more advanced Switch-related present, try the new custom Super Mario Maker 3-D-S. It allows the user to create their own playable levels of some of the most popular classic Mario games – including “Super Mario Brothers.” And the special "Player One" in your life already has those, consider picking them up a high-quality carrying case to help avoid accidents and mother nature.

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    Controllers make another great gamer gift, and generally speaking, they come at a lower price point than games and consoles – but not always.  X-Box and PS4 controllers already come in many variations, but customizing could make it yours, and there are a number of companies out there offering that service. "Controller Chaos" is one of the most popular, and has become known for creating controllers with an artistic vibe. Another company – "AIM Controllers" – makes a line of popular face plates for PlayStation, turning ordinary controllers into colorful creations. And if you're on a budget, try the Strike Pack FPS Dominator. It's an adaptor that fits easily onto most controllers, allowing enhanced gameplay and quicker response times.

    And last but not least, for the boy or girl who has pixels in their heart but all the games and accessories they need, try some new apparel featuring their favorite game or eSports team. All the major studios now have these products available, but be careful – some are more high-end than others, like the all-leather re-creation of Mario's cap from Big Swan clothing, one of the season's most popular items.

    ‘Fortnite’ partners with the NFL to bring team jerseys, gliders, more

    "Fortnite" gamers will be able to represent their favorite NFL teams as they face off in online combat.

    Video game developer Epic Games and the NFL announced Monday that team outfits would be available for purchase from the Battle Royale Item Shop starting Friday at 7 p.m. ET. You'll also be able to add a number to the outfit you pick.

    “We see the popularity of 'Fortnite' every day at the NFL as many of our players are passionate about this game,” Brian Rolapp, Chief Media and Business Officer at the NFL, said in a press release. “This partnership represents a great opportunity for millions of NFL fans who are 'Fortnite' players to express their fandom inside the game while at the same time exposing our brand to countless others.”

    'Fortnite' will also have NFL-themed gliders, emotes and resource harvesting tools. Gamers will also have the chance to choose a 'Fortnite' jersey and a referee uniform.

    “We have so many football fans at Epic and we know a lot of the game's fans share that same enthusiasm,” Mark Rein, co-founder of Epic Games, said in the release. “Allowing our players to represent their favorite teams in the game was too cool of an opportunity for us to pass up, and we couldn't be happier with how they turned out!”

    'Fortnite' previously added branded outfits to the game’s shop, but it’s the first time it has developed a partnership of this kind with other companies, according to Engadget.

    Gamers will be able to buy the items using V-bucks, an in-game currency. 'Fortnite' boasts 125 million players around the world.

    Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.