23 April 2024
Games Technology

‘Legal Geniuses’ Admit Fortnite Hack Was A Whole Hoax

Final week, stories broke that Fortnite maker Epic Video games had allegedly been the victim of a hack, with a supposed ransomware group claiming it had snagged 200 gigabytes of inside information. Nearly instantly, nonetheless, Epic introduced that it had no proof any such hack had taken place. Now, it seems that the supposed breach was, in truth, full bullshit, with the hackers themselves admitting that they have been working a rip-off operation.

Based on a brand new report from the Australian cybersecurity site Cyber Daily, Mogilevich, the alleged hacker gang that claimed to have stolen almost 200GB of firm information from the Fortnite builders on the finish of February, isn’t a hacker gang in any respect. Apparently, Mogilevich is a bunch of “felony geniuses” and “skilled fraudsters”—their phrases, not mine—who’ve used the hyperlinks on their darkweb weblog to feign stealing from Epic Video games.

“Sadly, this hyperlink led you to an essential announcement of our enterprise as an alternative of proof of a breached database,” a Mogilevich spokesperson referred to as Pongo instructed Cyber Each day. Pongo defined that they don’t seem to be a ransomware group however “skilled fraudsters,” and that the fictional Epic hack was a part of a method to “[take] benefit of massive names to achieve visibility as shortly as potential, however to not fame [sic] and obtain approval, however to construct meticulously our new trafficking of victims to rip-off.”

Additional detailing how the group supposed to make actual cash from pretend hacks, Pongo stated, “Now the true query is? Why confess all this once we may simply run away? This was carried out for example the method of our rip-off. We don’t consider ourselves as hackers however fairly as felony geniuses, for those who can name us that.”

Epic Video games smelled the BS from miles away

However what occurred (or didn’t occur) right here? On February 28, Cyber Daily reported that Mogilevich had allegedly hacked Epic Video games, claiming to have stolen 189GB price of firm information. This information, the group claimed, included “electronic mail, passwords, full identify, fee info, supply code, and lots of different information,” with all the data up on the market on the group’s web site. Mogilevich gave Epic Video games till March 4 to reply, threatening that one thing would occur if Epic didn’t get again to them. Nicely, it seems that one thing was the admission that the entire thing was a hoax.

Two Fortnite characters, one man and one woman, stare at the camera with sunglasses on and guns in hand.

For its half, Epic Video games, which stated it had “zero evidence” {that a} hack had occurred, took to Twitter on March 4 to verify that the investigation into the breach had concluded. The takeaway? Yeah, it was a “scam.”

Kotaku has reached out to Epic Video games for remark.

Though this hack turned out to be a hoax, recreation corporations have skilled large information breaches previously. In December 2023, Insomniac Video games was the sufferer of a hack that exposed information on the studio’s upcoming initiatives and the challenges and difficult choices that even a studio producing vastly profitable blockbusters generally faces.