Kaspersky Lab has conducted a new survey, and the research finding show that the gamers are now targeted by hackers. The report also says that there are almost 7,000 attacks recorded on a daily basis.
Hackers access the passwords and online accounts of gamers. These hackers have also gained access to avatars and in-game items which they sell for cash. The worst of all is they hack account-linked bank accounts of gamers. The gamers are now under human threat apart from AI enemies.
The study shows that the hackers send at least 10 emails on an average with malicious links. They also send attachments to gamers with these links on a daily basis. The cyber-criminals are found to make roughly 500 attempts per day with an intention to infect gamers. The act is carried out through browsers.
Phishing websites are one more avenue the hackers gain advantage. They use this tactic to trap gamers. The hackers launch website themselves similar to gaming websites where users are asked to enter their username and passwords. The hackers then use this data to access the personal information of gamers.
The research by Kaspersky has recorded about 15 million attempted visits to websites of that sort. Users need to be alert while receiving mails seeking personal information and about downloading from unauthorized sources. This is not only for online games but also for banking transactions. Kaspersky also notes when attacks were geographically categorized India was placed third, just below Russia and China.