Customers scammed into buying discounted Nintendo Switch on Amazon

After the release of the Nintendo Switch, many Amazon customers were scammed out of hundreds of dollars. The Switch game console was release in 2017 by Nintendo causing a lot of excitement among gamers. The demand was so high for the new console that there were limited quantities available. Because of this high demand [...]

World of Warcraft users promised in-game pets in phishing scam

Users of the online game, World of Warcraft have been targeted in a phishing scam. A phishing scam is when scammers send fake emails to customers in hopes of obtaining their personal information. The scammers behind the World of Warcraft scam sent emails about free in-game pets. The email said that the customer received [...]

Chinese gaming website commits credit card fraud with Xbox user accounts.

A Chinese "gaming service" hacked Xbox user accounts and used their credit card information to make purchases.  The Chinese company is Gameest International Network Sales Co. The company ran the scam through its "gaming service" website iGSKY. The company advertised cheap coins and points for Xbox games on their website. When a customer bought [...]

LifeLock pays $100 million settlement over false advertisement and weak data security.

All human beings have identities, so anyone can be vulnerable to identity theft. As a result, several companies have formed to help users protect their identities. LifeLock is one of these companies. LifeLock is among the most recognized ID theft monitoring services on the market. Its ads can be seen on television, in magazines, [...]

Games giant, Disney, caught “slurping the kids’ data” without consent.

On August 3, 2017, Amanda Rushing, filed a class-action lawsuit against Disney. The suit alleged violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Defendants in the lawsuit also include software developers Unity Technologies, Upsight Inc. and Kochava Inc. Websites and online services must abide by COPPA requirements if their content is intended for [...]

Product piracy by another name – Disney?

On August 24, 2017, beloved tv personality Bill Nye filed a $37 million lawsuit with The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries.  He claims that the companies hid profits owed to him and owners of the “Bill Nye the Science Guy” show. Nye became suspicious in 2008 when Buena Vista Television (BVT), a Disney [...]

Gamers find fraudulent charges on their ea.com Origin’s accounts.

Over a three year period from 2012 to 2015, gamers were complaining that hackers were accessing their Electronic Arts (EA) Origin accounts. Origin is the EA online store and was launched in 2011. As of 2013, more than 50 million users had accounts on the site. Users took to Reddit.com, a social discussion site, [...]

Massive Apple ID theft on hacked ea.com websites.

On March 18, 2014, the Electronic Arts website, ea.com was hacked. The site was used as a host for a fake Apple ID website. The phony Apple website targeted users who were attempting to access an online calendar application on the ea.com site. Users were first asked to provide their Apple ID and password. [...]

Hacker group charged with felony fraud for stealing FIFA game currency.

In September 2015, the FBI raided the homes of four men of the hacker group, Rane Developments.  Over a two year period, the four men – Anthony Clark, Nicholas Castellucci, Ricky Miller, and Eaton Zveare – rigged their gaming consoles to hack into the EA Sports game, FIFA Ultimate Team. The hacks allowed the [...]

Who are you calling a (price) gouger?

  In June 2008, Electronic Arts, Inc (EA) was the subject of a national class-action lawsuit. EA is the company behind popular sports games such as Madden NFL, NCAA Football, and Arena Football. The lawsuit claimed that EA violated antitrust laws. Antitrust laws protect customers from unfair competition tactics by businesses and corporations. In [...]