Kaspersky Lab, a Cyber security firm, has been tracking the incidents of hacking attempts against the new next-gen consoles, the PS4 and Xbox One, along with other gaming platforms. According to Kaspersky’s figures, reported today at consumeraffairs.com, there has been a huge surge in the number of attacks since the November release of the two major players.
Estimates of the number of attacks, according to Kaspersky, average in the range of 34,000 a day and the company reports knowledge of about 4.6 million gaming-focused malware directed at the new consoles.
David Emm, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, has stated:
We’ve just seen two of the biggest console launches ever, with the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. That 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.
Microsoft and Sony have yet to weigh in on the issue.
Consumeraffairs.com has offered a few safety measures for gamers to take:
1. Don’t click
If you get an e-mail with a link to an offer that appears to be too good to be true, don’t click on it. Simply delete the e-mail.
2. Beef up passwords
Use strong username/passwords and make them different on various gaming accounts.
3. Get a quality anti-virus
4. Choose friends carefully
Be cautious of anyone asking for your personal details.
5. Only buy from legitimate sellers
Rock Hard \m/