A class-action lawsuit is forming because of security flaws around the popular battle royale game: Fortnite.
At the end of 2018, a security flaw was discovered, which revealed personal information of Fortnite‘s users’ accounts. Thus, Franklin D. Azar & Associates, a US law firm, is asking the users to join the case if they think they have been impacted via the security gap. The promise is bold: „fight to get you the recovery you deserve.” Back in January, Epic Games announced that they have fixed a vulnerability that allowed hackers access to Fortnite accounts, as well as the credit and debit cards that were associated to them. This is the reason why Tim Sweeney’s company is about to face a lawsuit.
FDAzar also notes that this acknowledgement and fix came two months after the security breach was first reported to Epic Games. Therefore, the players have a right to compensation. „Affected Fortnite users have suffered an ascertainable loss in that they have had fraudulent charges made to their credit or debit cards and must undertake additional security measures, some at their own expense, to minimise the risk of future data breaches including cancelling credit cards associated with their Epic Games/Fortnite accounts and changing passwords for those accounts. Furthermore, Fortnite users have no guarantee that the above security measures will adequately protect their personal information. Fortnite users, therefore, have an ongoing interest in ensuring that their personal information is protected from past and future cybersecurity threats,” the firm writes.
Polygon reports that over one hundred class members have been attached to the suit, so FDAzar could quickly put a lot of people behind them, which will likely result in Epic Games having to pay compensation to those who indeed lost money via the vulnerability. (Remember, even Sony ended up paying back in the day!)