Fortnite Fraud Frenzy

How the latest freemium game craze has created multiple fraud scams within a fraud. “Fortnite Battle Royale is the completely free 100-player PvP mode in Fortnite” trumpets Microsoft marketers. So, if something is “completely free” then one should expect not to pay anything. Assuming this to be true, then how can something pitched as “free” [...]

Fake WhatsApp app dupes over a million Google Play users.

You may want to take a pause the next time you pick up your phone to make an app purchase. Smartphones and their accompanying apps are supposed to make our lives easier. Apps have become the new age problem solvers. Got an issue? There’s probably an app for that. But for many users, the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Almost ¾ of a million of Australians affected by Sony hack.

Sony was excited to release their new PlayStation 4. Consumers quickly snatched up their new gaming equipment and began to play. Soon after the release, Sony sent out an email to some users instructing a password change. But Sony was too late, again. In fact, users had already begun to notice that their credit [...]

PlayStation false customer charges and Sony could not care less. This is rich!

Sony was excited to release their new PlayStation 4. Consumers quickly snatched up their new gaming equipment and began to play. Soon after the release, Sony sent out an email to some users instructing a password change. But Sony was too late, again. In fact, users had already begun to notice that their credit [...]

Sony breach could have been stopped.

There is a law in the United States called the Data Prevention Act. Sony’s data was breached and they were fined 250,000 dollars. This is because officials decided that this hack was a “serious breach” and “could have been prevented”. Sony, of course, denies this. Millions of gamers had their information hacked. Things such [...]