franchise video games FIFA created by EA Sports are the most anticipated titles by the fanatic gamer community of the football worldwide and are responsible for the generation of billions of dollars annually not only from the sale of the game, but also from the card packs, game currencies and other types of transactions within its platform.
According to the financial report of EA Sportsbetween 2015 and 2020 a total of $6 billion in earnings, which can motivate cyber criminals to try to make their own to take advantage of the players.
Some of the methods used by these criminals, as indicated by the cybersecurity company Panda Security, are:
In-game coin scams
Within the characteristics of the game, the possibility of buying player cards to strengthen the team that is formed to play against other people on-line in the mode of UltimateTeam It is one of those that generates the greatest investment by the players due to the amount of micro transactions that they are made.
According to Hervé Lambert, head of operations at Panda Security, this feature is also a window used by cybercriminals to steal money from users. “It is easier than it seems to lose money when buying FUT coinsif one does not adequately verify the legitimacy of the page where one buys”
For the specialist, the best way for users to avoid being victims of this type of theft is to verify that the website from which you try to buy these coins is reliable, especially when the prices that they offer are very low or not very credible if the market is analyzed.
“Especially when it is offered through social networks or third-party pages where they demand payments in advance with which you finally do not receive any currency, “he said.
This is not a new mode of cyber attack and, in fact, it is one of the most common because there are already reports about these cases in which a cybercriminal pretends to be EA Sports and offers a offer or promotion through a email that redirects the person to a website that steals data such as account access codes and Bank data.
“There are several cases in which, in addition, they are minors those who usually fall into the trap and agree to complete the information requested in the mail or illegal pages with the card of his parents already registered”, affirms Hervé.
Use of third-party applications
Another of the forms that the cyber criminals to violate the cyber security of the players is to develop Applications that promise some kind of advantages, Additional benefits during the game, etc., which in fact, like a fraudulent website, is designed to steal information from the victim’s account.
The recommendation in this type of situation is to avoid using Applications that promise benefits not allowed within the game to obtain an advantage over other players because, in addition to endangering the account information from which it is being played, the victim also puts at risk the bank information and their bank account security.
The best way to avoid being a victim of any type of cyberattack is to have a preventive attitude and doubt those offers or applications that are too good to be true.