Security firm Kaspersky
According to a new study by , since the number of people playing computer games is increasing rapidly, cybercriminals is trying to target more and more online players in its online attacks. in March 2020 Playing games on Steam the number of both active and concurrent users has reached an all-time high. This record was broken again this March, when the PC gaming platform reached around 27 million users.
As with other online trends, cybercriminals are keeping a close eye on this growing interest in gaming. According to Kaspersky researchers’ observations, the number of sites containing the names of popular games and platforms and containing malicious code in the content of their pages has increased significantly over the past year. Number of daily blocked referrals between April 2020 compared to June 2020 54 percent increase was observed.
Even after the pandemic quarantines ended in the spring, the number of gaming-themed web attacks hit an all-time high of 2.5 million in November last year. While there was a slight decline earlier this year, the number of these attacks reached 1.1 million in April 2021, a 34 percent increase from March.
The First Target of Hackers Minecraft
As in Kaspersky’s investigation last year, the game most used by cybercriminals Minecraft keeps happening. However, this year Counter Strike: Global Offensive started approaching Minecraft, the most popular game used as bait.
The most common threats that use the names of popular games and platforms are trojans and malware that appear to be free versions, updates, extensions, and even cheat programs. Accidental downloading of these malicious files can allow cybercriminals to take control of your data and your computer.
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