Hackers target gamers, 7,000 attacks everyday in 2012: Kaspersky
Gamers it seems are not only in danger of AI enemies but also real human beings. According to Kaspersky Security Network (KSN), there were around 7,000 attacks on gamers around the world every day by hackers last year.
Hackers tried to get access to online accounts, passwords, and also tried stealing avatars and in-game items to subsequently sell these virtual goods for real money. KSN said that malicious users send an average of 10 emails with malicious links and attachments to gamers every day, in addition to making roughly 500 attempts to infect gamers via browser-based attacks.
“Cybercriminals invoke the names of well-known gaming sites and try to lure gamers to their fake websites to harvest passwords from registered gaming accounts,” Kaspersky said.
The company has been collecting malicious programs that target online gamers and it says that the number of such programs is increasing at a rate of 5,000 new programs a day. When such attacks are categorized geographically, India is ranked third after Russia and China.