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Three things a gamer should not do to avoid being a victim of cyber attacks

Three things a gamer should not do to avoid being a victim of cyber attacks

Video games can be targeted by cybercriminals because of the sensitive information they have about players, such as bank account and transaction details, including their virtual assets. (REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen)

With the growth of the industry of video gamethe player communities that revolve around titles such as FIFA, Call of Duty or Fortnite, are constantly increasing to become an ecosystem that, despite focusing on fun and entertainment, can also be the window for cybercriminals act.

Cybersecurity company Check Point Software warns that even video games can be targets for cybercriminals due to the sensitive information that they have about players, such as bank account and transaction details, including their virtual goods.

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Cybercriminals violate player accounts to steal your virtual goods and sell them for real money to other users interested in acquiring them. theft of the inventories Not only are players looking for it, but it is also possible that the compromised account will be sold in its entirety to other people.

The more data has accumulated in the account and the goods are exclusive or rare, the more money the criminal can make.

Theft of players' inventories is not the only thing they are looking for, but it is also possible that the compromised account is sold in its entirety to other people.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Theft of players’ inventories is not the only thing they are looking for, but it is also possible that the compromised account is sold in its entirety to other people. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

These cases of violation of the security of users not only occur in console games, but also with mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones. Cybercriminals can even track information as intimate as location or even eavesdropping on phone calls.

What not to do to avoid being a victim

The possibility of suffering cyber attack that violates the accounts of users in video games is always present, so it is up to each person to take preventive measures and vigilant attitudes before any eventuality.

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First, users should not be created with weak or reused passwords. This is a common problem because a new account implies the management of a new password and, in the event that there are already multiple video game access platforms, remembering that information is increasingly complicated.

Opting for the same password, even if it is strong, also represents a security risk Well, once it is violated for a profile, all those who have the same access code will fall. have a password manager can help fix that problem. It will increase the security of the different accounts and will significantly reduce the risk of suffering a cyber attack.

Phishing campaigns can be spread not only through emails, but also through fraudulent landing pages designed to get users to voluntarily hand over their passwords.  (Segurilatam)
Phishing campaigns can be spread not only through emails, but also through fraudulent landing pages designed to get users to voluntarily hand over their passwords. (Segurilatam)

Attention to possible cases of phishing that are aimed at users of popular video games. Scam campaigns with this modality can not only be spread through emails, since another way used by cybercriminals is the creation of fraudulent home pages so that users voluntarily hand over their passwords.

In other cases, even though a phishing attack may not have full access to the victim’s account, it is possible to extract part of a player’s inventory or virtual goods.

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Finally, players must avoid any spread of malware that may affect any of your devices or consoles. Usually these cases are presented together with the scams of phishing through Applications or codes that promise hacks or ways to take advantage of the game in order to advance faster.

Any download from unsafe sites can be an open door for different types of viruses that can even be spread through spam messages to other players, so pay attention to open chat windows or applications.

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