Kaspersky Lab Finds Gamers Attacked 11.7 Million Times in 2013

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.

Spanish gamers were the worst hit of all, as hackers made 138,786 attempts on them from 1 January to November 2013. Poland was in second with 127,509, followed by Italy on 75,080.Here’s the top-10 ranking of Europe:

Spain: 138,786

Poland: 127,509

Italy: 75,080

France: 47,065

Germany: 29,049

United Kingdom: 27,049

Ukraine: 22,220

Greece: 17,203

Romania: 13,778

Portugal: 7,458

Gamers face all kinds of different digital attempts on their systems. Underground forums are ridden with cyber crooks selling access to people’s gaming accounts, such as the portal and marketplace Steam. The market for usernames and passwords is fuelled by attacks on the gaming companies themselves. Earlier this year, Kaspersky Lab detected a major espionage campaign on a range of massively multiplayer online games makers, with source code and other valuable data stolen.

via Christmas Warning: Kaspersky Lab Finds Gamers Attacked 11.7 Million Times in 2013 — ABINGDON, England, December 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ —.

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