June 24, 2019

June 24, 2019

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Fortnite Players Sue for Alleged Exposure of Payment Information for Vbucks

Players of the popular Fortnite video game have filed a proposed class action suit against the video game’s owner, Epic Games Inc. (“Epic”) alleging that Epic failed to protect players’ accounts, allowing hackers access to their payment details in a 2018 data breach. According to the suit, the players gave Epic their payment information in order to purchase “Vbucks,” which is the currency used while playing Fortnite. The suit alleges that Vbucks, considered digital currency, were stolen and that the hackers were also able to access players’ Fortnite accounts.

The suit states that Epic failed to use a “basic precautionary technical measure” that would have prevented the theft of the security tokens that allowed the hackers unauthorized access to the players’ Fortnite accounts. The players allege that the failure to provide adequate security measures exposed their credit and debit card numbers, and allowed the hackers to access in-game conversations among Fortnite players.

The suit alleges that Epic failed to notify the millions of affected players of the compromise within a reasonable time, and alleges violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practice Act, breach of contract, breach of implied contract and negligence.

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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence

Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...