Malware attacks targeting gamers increase in 2022, according to a Kaspersky report. The Cybersecurity firm there has been a significant increase in malicious software attacks targeting gamers. The reports stated a 13% increase in malicious software attacks compared to the first half of 2021.
Between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, more than 384,000 gamers encountered cyberattacks that specifically targeted 28 game series. Hackers modified the installers for these games to install more than just the games; for instance, a hacker might modify an installer to also install malware.
Kaspersky has noted that Trojan-Spies are one of the more prevalent types of malware. It is noted as being capable of taking screenshots without detection and stealing their information. Additionally there has also been an increase in Trojan-PSW (steal credentials), Trojan-Banker (steals payment data), and Trojan-GameThief (steals game account logins).
Piracy or Third-party downloaders seem to be the main reason for the rise in such incidents.
Anton V. Ivanov, senior security researcher at Kaspersky, in a press release said, “During the pandemic the gaming industry was greatly boosted, increasing the number of gaming fans several times over. As we can see, cybercriminals are actively abusing this trend, creating more and more new schemes and tools to attack players and steal their credit card data and even game accounts, which can contain expensive skins that can later be sold. We expect to see new types of attacks on gamers in the next year. For example, strikes on esports, which are now gaining huge popularity around the world. That’s why it’s so important to always be protected, so you don’t lose your money, credentials, and gaming accounts.”
You don’t want an unknown charge from the other side of the world showing up in your bank account.
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