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34,000 daily hacking attempts on gamers – report

Monday, 16th December 2013 23:17 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Gamers are prime targets for hackers, a cyber security firm has warned, with an eye-opening number of attacks made each day.

According to Kaspersky Lab, gamers attracted about 34,000 attacks each day in 2013 for a total of 11.7 million, with at least 4.6 million pieces of malware being brought to bear on them.

In Europe, Spain is the worst affected, with 138,786 attacks so far this year. Poland is next with 127,509, then Italy with 75,080.

The attacks target gamers while they’re using PCs, and attempt to nab your username and password, which can then be sold; that may explain why Sony has been so vigilant in issuing password resets on both the European and North American PSN. Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto 5 and MMORPGs are of particular interest to hackers.

To protect your gaming ID, use common sense – watch for phishing emails and sites; use strong, unique passwords; change your password regularly; don’t engage with shady practices like gold selling or piracy; and keep your PC free of viruses and malware.

Thanks, GamePolitics.

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8 Comments

  1. Hcw87

    Sony needs to implement two-step verification (like Steam/MS), and fast. It’s almost criminal they haven’t allready, considering the break-in a few years ago.

    I won’t ever save my credit card info on my PS4 until they implement it.

    Btw two step verifition means: Eventual hackers first need to brute force my Xbox Live account email account. If they manage that (good luck), they still need an authentication code from either my mobile phone or another email account associated with my XBLive account.

    So it basically means i’ll never get hacked unless they get access to the main Xbox Live servers and somehow get the CC info that’s encrypted there. Again, good luck with that.

    Without two-step verification all the hackers needs is your email address/password and they’ll get access to your account. If you haven’t added two-step for your XBLive account allready, do so now.

    #1 10 months ago
  2. sebastien rivas

    @1
    I agree with you on 1 point. I also wonder why Sony did not do much or clearly not enough since their servers being hacked/down a couple of years ago.

    I try to leave least CC blueprint anywhere.
    Yes a 2 steps verification is definitely harder for hackers to crack but again, nothing is ever un-hackable :/

    #2 10 months ago
  3. Dragon

    @Brenna,
    Its completely misleading reporting by that site, and a stupid convoluted statement by Kaspersky linking 2 completely different statement.
    Here is the original PR release-

    ” ABINGDON, England, December 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
    Just days after the launch of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, Kaspersky Lab experts have discovered that PC gamers across Europe were hit by a massive number of attacks in 2013. Currently Kaspersky Lab knows 4.6 million pieces of gaming focused malware, with the total number of attacks facing gamers hitting 11.7 million globally. On average, users were hit by 34,000 attacks related to gaming malware daily. With Christmas coming up and hundreds of thousands expected to receive games as presents, Kaspersky Lab experts are recommending users take the right precautions.
    We’ve just seen two of the biggest console launches ever, with the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. That means there will be more gamers for criminals to target, especially as the Sony and Microsoft machines increasingly use the Internet for a fuller gaming experience. And don’t forget the PC, still the most popular gaming platform and cyber crooks’ favourite target,” says David Emm, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab.”

    http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2013/12/16/dont-believe-the-hype-34000-hackers-are-not-attacking-ps4-and-xbox-one/

    In other words, PS4 and Xbox One are completely safe. Kaspersky is just false panic.

    #3 10 months ago
  4. Brenna Hillier

    Thanks Dragon, I should have searched out the initial release myself; I foolishly assumed it would be a premium report. Kapersky’s release is guilty of a bit of SEO, but the interpretation I relied on had run with it and really messed things up. Glad to have the correction.

    #4 10 months ago
  5. Llewelyn_MT

    @3: “In other words, PS4 and Xbox One are completely safe.” ROTFL

    There is only one kind of devices that are completely safe: devices not connected to the Internet.

    P.S. I’m a PC gamer connected to the Internet since 1996 and I didn’t get hacked once. Common sense and a firewall is all you need, really.

    #5 10 months ago
  6. Llewelyn_MT

    P.P.S. “And don’t forget the PC, still the most popular gaming platform and cyber crooks’ favourite target,” ;-)

    #6 10 months ago
  7. Legion

    This is why VG24/7 is becoming a mini N4G. They don’t actually research the news before posting it. This has been already proven to be misleading and the attacks referenced had nothing to do with consoles and only referenced in the same breath as PC attacks.

    #7 10 months ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @7 Yes we do, and can I remind you that we’re only a team of three (not including Pat who is editor and Sam who just does videos)

    Given the speed we work at, the volume of content we produce (more news than most sites) and the size of our team, we do sometimes miss things. There’s nothing to stop us from editing stories to fix them and updating everyone to the fact.

    The news moves fast and changes often. Sometimes we slip, like all sites out there. But unlike others we’re not afraid to correct our work.

    #8 10 months ago

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