Experts detected and prevented 46,616 malicious attacks in Turkey between the third quarter of 2020 and the second quarter of 2021 disguised as malware and unwanted software disguised as popular computer games.
KasperskyAlmost a fifth of the attacks came from malware types such as Trojan horses and backdoors. So the attackers took over the infected machine and stole almost every file or data.
The data was shared in Kaspersky’s latest cyber threats report on the game, where researchers assessed changes in game-related threats during the outbreak.
Kaspersky analyzed attacks with malware and unwanted software disguised as the 24 most popular computer games and top 10 mobile games of 2021.
The results of the global survey showed that cyber threats related to computer games rose rapidly with the introduction of curfews in the second quarter of 2020, reaching 3,89,675 detections worldwide. That’s a 66 percent increase from the first quarter of 2020, when 1.48 million attacks were detected. There were 38,756 attacks in Turkey between the first quarter and the second quarter of 2020, compared to 20,217 in the first half of 2021.
While most of the files distributed under the guise of games are downloaders of the kind that can install other viruses and adware on the device, some users on both PC and mobile also faced much more serious threats, including Trojan horse thieves designed to steal data on cryptocurrencies and other financial resources.
“The first popular way to deploy threats is through phishing pages”
Kaspersky stated in the statement Security Its researcher, Anton V. Ivanov, noted:
“We have seen a clear impact of the pandemic on the number of threats related to the game. As more people started playing games, more users faced threats disguised as games. The first popular way to deploy threats is through phishing pages. There are numerous pages targeting users of different game platforms, and it is very difficult to distinguish many of them from real sites for regular users. Another type of attack is broken game distribution sites. We have encountered a well-coordinated attack campaign that affects users in 45 countries, especially through such sites. With the development of in-game gifts and currencies, the gaming industry is becoming even more lucrative and attractive to cybercriminals. Perhaps the worst risk of game-related threats is the loss of game account login information or, worse, account credentials for banking or cryptocurrency applications.”
Regarding the safe gameplay and the necessary measures, Kaspersky experts recommend:
“Use strong passwords and create a unique password for each account. You can create and manage secure passwords with the help of Kaspersky Password Manager. Download your apps only from official stores such as the Apple App Store, Google Play, or Amazon Appstore. Applications in these markets are not 100 percent secure, but they are at least controlled by store representatives and have a filtration system. Not every app can enter these stores. Avoid buying the first thing you come across. Do not click on links to external sites from the game chat. Carefully check the address of any source who asks you to enter your username and password. The page may be fake. Avoid downloading pirated software and other illegal content. Use a powerful, reliable security solution that won’t slow down your computer, especially when you’re playing games, but will help you a lot. Kaspersky Total Security protects you from all possible cyber threats and works seamlessly with Steam and other gaming services. Use a robust security solution like Kaspersky Internet Security for Android to protect your mobile device from malware and actions on mobile devices.”