Gamers are increasingly at risk of having their accounts targeted by hackers since Covid-19 has witnessed a rise in online gaming, as folks who are in lockdown spend more time in virtual worlds.
According to a new Akamai report entitled ‘Gaming: You Can’t Solo Security’, gamers are being subjected to a host of phishing and credential stuffing attacks. The latter is where a cybercriminal attempts to log into game accounts (or gaming platforms like Steam) by going through lists of username and password combos which can be bought online (often on the dark web).
A lot of those username and password pairings are taken from old data breaches, and essentially the attackers are hoping that gamers may have reused the same password with gaming accounts (which is why one of the golden rules of good security practice is that you should never do this).
In total, Akamai has observed some 10…