Threat actors are scoffing at Epic Games’ weak security measures

However, an investigation – which was carried out by The Independent – has uncovered many of the dark secrets behind a growing illegal market that relies solely on the in-game currency in order to clean dirty money.
Fortnite’s V-Bucks can be used to buy different items from the game’s online store.

V-Bucks are reportedly being bought by criminals using stolen credit card details and are being offered to players for a discounted price online.

The report was put together in collaboration with Sixgill, a cyber security firm, and found that the cut price deals are also available on the open web as well, with many sellers using social media platforms to advertize – meaning parents might have unknowingly bought illegally sourced V-Bucks for their children.

Over 53,000 alerts related to v buck generator scams were recorded by ZeroFOX during September and October in 2018, with 2% found on YouTube, 11% coming from web domains and a staggering 86% from social media.

“Threat actors 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” Benjamin Preminger, a senior intelligence analyst at Sixgill, told The Independent. “This directly touches on the ability of threat actors to launder money through the game.”
A screengrab from January, 2019, showing a Fortnite V-Bucks advert from a popular dark web vendor.

While it’s difficult to calculate just how much money cybercriminals have made from these methods, Sixgill reckons Fortnite items grossed north of $250,000 on eBay during a period of 60 days last year.

One post from the dark web, which can be seen in the screenshot above, shows just how easy it can be for somebody to be tricked into buying these illegal V-Bucks. They are available at a massively discounted rate and customers were given the choice by this vendor to pay with dollars or cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.

Fornite Chilly Gnome Locations

You may remember a previous fortnite challenge where players were asked to seek out hungry gnomes, and this challenge plays out very similarly. The gnomes are pretty much what you imagine, little garden gnomes. To help you hone in on their locations, listen for the sound of shivering, which serves as an audio tell to let you know you’re getting close. They’re almost exclusively located in the snow, snow-covered southwestern corner of the map, as you can see below.

If you want to speed the whole process up and get it done lickity-split, you can follow our guide below. We’ve scoured the island and put together a map and list that’ll direct you to the exact locations of the Chilly Gnomes. You can also watch the video above to see us complete the challenge, and follow our lead.

Fornite Chilly Gnome Locations
  • Southwest of Tilted Towers: Around grid reference C6 in the top left of the quadrant
  • West of Lucky Landing: Around grid reference E10, above the cliff
  • Lucky Landing: Around grid reference E10, above the “U” in “Lucky Landing”
  • Snobby Shores: Next to the Viking Ship amongst the icy rocks around grid reference B6
  • Polar Peak: Next to the campfire facing the tower around grid reference C8
  • Tilted Towers: In front of the RV just to the south of the area around grid reference D6
  • Shifty Shafts: Locate the giant tree nestled in the rocky outcropping and you’ll find the gnome nearby too
  • Frosty Flights: To the south around grid reference B9. Find the crashed plane and drop through the hole nearby.

The rest of Week 6’s fortnite v bucks generator challenges are fairly simple and generally focused on doing damage to enemies, visiting specific locations, or searching ammo boxes. Read our full Fortnite Season 7, Week 6 challenge list for more on those.