Black markets online are being used to launder money through the video game’s in-game currency, V-bucks, it is alleged.
The online shooting game is popular with the 200 million people who play it worldwide, because it is free to play – but that has also made it an easy target for cyber-criminals, according to The Independent .
Credit card details are being stolen and used to buy V-bucks from the official Fortnite store, which are then sold onto players at a discounted rate, netting a profit for the criminals.
These criminals accept bitcoin and bitcoin cash, two cryptocurrencies which are hard for law enforcement to track down – making them harder to be caught.
As well as free v bucks generator being sold in bulk on the dark web – corners of the internet only accessible with special software – as well as on social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter .
Security company Sixgill went undercover and found operations in Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and English.
A Sixgill analyst told the Independent: ““Criminals are executing carding fraud and getting money in and out of the Fortnite system with relative impunity.
“Threat actors [a malicious person or entity] are scoffing at Epic Games’ weak security measures, saying that the company doesn’t seem to care about players defrauding the system and purchasing discounted V-bucks.