54% rise in gaming-related cyber attacks recorded in April

Got a gamer in the house? Do they ‘chat’ over discord or in-game comms? Brief them to watch out for dodgy links to stuff…:

[…] Kaspersky noticed this trend, and upon investigation, unsurprisingly found many instances of cyber attackers exploiting this increased engagement in video games: in April there was a 54% increase in the daily number of attempts to direct users to malicious sites from gaming platforms, or using gaming themes, when compared to January.

Users are typically lured from their game by promises on the interface of free versions of games, updates or cheats. But if they click on the links, malicious programs like malware, ransomware and miners can be downloaded.

Unsurprisingly, the world’s best-selling video game, Minecraft, was the most popular target for cyber attackers, used in more than 130,000 web attacks, according to Kaspersky. Other popular games used in attacks were Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and The Witcher 3.

Kaspersky has also reported a 40% increase in the number of blocked redirects to phishing pages that contained the word ‘Steam’ in April compared to February this year.

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