V-bucks, is being used to launder money on the dark web

An investigation by The Independent, along with research by cyber security firm Sixgill, revealed that discounted V-bucks are being sold in large quantities in black markets on the dark web – a hidden section of the internet only accessible using specialist software.


The money laundering operation has also spread to the open web, albeit on a smaller scale, as they were found to have been advertised on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter.

The investigation found that stolen credit card details are being used to purchase V-bucks from the official Fortnite store. The cybercriminals are then able to “clean” the money by selling the V-bucks a discounted rate to players.

“Criminals are executing carding fraud and getting money in and out of the free v bucks generator system with relative impunity,” Benjamin Preminger, a senior intelligence analyst at Sixgill, told The Independent.

Preminger added that cybercriminals have been taking full advantage of the weak security measures employed by Fortnite developer Epic Games because “the company doesn’t seem to care about players defrauding the system and purchasing discounted V-bucks.”

Epic Games raked in $3 billion in profit last year, largely because of Fortnite’s overwhelming success. It is unclear how much money cybercriminals have made by exploiting the game however.

This was not the first instance that Fortnite has been used for illegal activities. A separate study by the IT security firm Zerofox found 53 thousand cases of online scams involving the game.

“While completely stopping such criminal activity is extremely difficult, several steps could be taken to mitigate the phenomenon, including monitoring the transfer of high-value goods in the game, identifying players with large stockpiles of V-bucks, and sharing data with relevant law enforcement agencies,” said Preminger.

Epic Games has revealed plans to fix an irritating building problem

The next major Fortnite update is expected to go live following a period of downtime on January 15.

In the build up to the release of the update, Epic Games has revealed plans to fix an irritating building problem.

Epic’s Sean Hamilton reveals more: “Ever had problems where you create a wall but it’s mostly underground and just too darn short?

“Well, do we have news for you! Starting in v7.20, get 2 walls for the price of 1 if the wall you’re going to build is more than 70% underground.”

Epic goes into greater detail on Reddit, telling fans that the new feature will kick in under two different circumstances.


Under those circumstances, the required connecting piece will now build automatically and for free,” Epic explains.

“In addition, the connecting piece will inherit team ownership rules (and the material type) of the desired piece. Please check out this feature when it’s rolled out and let us know what you think!”

Elsewhere, Epic continues to work on Stormwing and Zipline issues, as well as scoreboard problems and PC crashes.

Other issues under investigation include auto shooting when using a gamepad, and instances of the Aim Assist feature not working.


Fortnite Save the World will be given away for free after update 7.20 (Image: EPIC GAMES)

Update 7.20 will also coincide with Epic Games giving Save the World away for free on Xbox One fortnite v bucks generator.

Epic Games made the decision to give the co-op game away for free following confusion with the Xbox One S Fortnite bundle.

According to the packaging, the Xbox One S Eon bundle comes with an exclusive item set, 2,000 V-bucks for the in-game shop and “a full game download of Fortnite”.

However, as fans on Reddit have pointed out, the “full game download” was limited to Battle Royale only.