It has been only a month since Playstation 4 was released onto the market with Xbox One following a week later but the number of hacking attempts on both consoles have already gone well past 4.6 million!
Kaspersky Lab, a cyber security firm has released the statistics that they have been measuring since the launch of Sony and Microsoft’s latest consoles as well as other gaming platforms. Their report is nothing but frenzy.
The company has estimated that globally, at least 4.6 million pieces of gaming related malware have been identified while directed against the said consoles. On a per day basis, they estimate that on average 34,000 attacks were made daily.
Key playing European regions in terms of hacking attempts was Spain with 138,786 attacks, closely followed by Poland with 127,509 attacks in this year. Italy ranks number third with 75,080. Senior security researcher at Kaspersky David Emm believes:
“[The launch of Xbox One and PlayStation 4] means there will be more gamers for criminals to target, especially as the Sony and Microsoft machines increasingly use the Internet for a fuller gaming experience. And don’t forget the PC, still the most popular gaming platform and cyber crooks’ favorite target.”
According to the same report, the buying and selling of hacked usernames and passwords is common place in underground hacking forums – in fact, it is a thriving market there which is largely reliant on attacks on the gaming companies.
Other than this, they have also highlighted an increased level of interest shown by hackers in massively multiplayer online games and their makers (for the reason aforementioned) where source code and other valuable data were often stolen.
Have you been the victim of a hacking attack on your next generation console?
Source: Consumer Affairs