Fortnite fans have accounts hacked by virtual thieves costing them thousands of pounds – Mirror Online

Fans of top video game Fortnite are having their accounts hacked and sold so other players can
utilise their valuable loot boxes.

The online hit is free to play, but some customised items are available to buy or are unlocked after a gamer has achieved high scores or completed challenges.

Some players who have built up valuable benefits after spending hundreds of hours on the game report having access to their accounts blocked after being hacked.

The extra “loot” does not provide any competitive advantages but players can improve their character’s appearance by buying outfits or dance moves for up to £15 a time.

The benefits can also be acquired as rewards for gameplay. This has all spawned a black market linking unscrupulous buyers to real accounts.

Victim Shannen Neary told how hackers gained access to her entire PlayStation online account worth £10,000 (Image: Shannen Neary)

Victim Shannen Neary told how hackers targeted her account, worth £1,000.

The crooks also gained access to her entire PlayStation online account containing 300 games – worth £10,000 in total.

The student, 25, said she discovered what had happened when she was signed out suddenly while playing.

Shannen had to change her passwords on realising someone had hacked her.

Then she received an email from a boy of 12 in Germany, who complained that he paid €100 for her gamer profile via an Instagram account, myskins.de.

She said PlayStation insisted that she should have secured her account
better.

Shannen, of East Sussex, said: “As well as changing all my passwords I had to contact my bank too.

“My email account has since been accessed from places including Finland, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Korea.

“This problem has definitely gone beyond the PlayStation account. My Facebook account has been accessed from Turkey too.”

The scandal of account hacking on Fortnite was first brought to the attention of makers Epic in March 2018, when the firm said it was looking into the matter.

It recommends two-factor authentication, which makes account hacking harder.

A spokesman for mykins.de said: “We are shocked that people like these hackers exist but have no influence on a source of accounts as we only provide a platform.”

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