Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hackers attack gamers in online games

Plunging into the virtual worlds, gamers do not forget about the real threats aimed at his computer

 Fraud and theft of other people's virtual property - an increasingly frequent phenomenon in the world of computer games. This is largely due to the growing number of virtual resources (the things, characters, currency, etc.) that can be converted into real cash.

The main threat, aimed at gamers - is a compromise of game accounts. With malware infiltrated into poorly protected user's computer, social engineering, or technology break weak passwords attackers gain access to the accounts of players and steal virtual resources. Then stolen "good" is usually put up for online auction or offered back to the victim for ransom.

Passwords and user names from the accounts, and personal information of players can be made available to hackers and hacking by the successful database operator game - as it happened last year with the Sony PlayStation Network. Then drain victims were 77 million users of gaming services Sony. The trouble was not only in the fact that the information was stolen, but that it was stored in a readable plaintext.

Many gamers are tempted to use the so-called cheats - additional programs that offer an advantage over the other players (in the reaction rate, visibility opponent, etc.). Despite the fact that cheating is usually forbidden by administrators of game servers, cheats remain popular among gamers. In this case, downloading programs, cheats is a great danger of infecting your computer with malware.

EScan experts recommend that all gamers not to forget about the simple rules of information security, that can help you avoid a lot of trouble:

- Play on a secure computer, not disconnect the antivirus during the game. Use anti-virus products that are feature a game mode in which anti-virus does not distract the gamer show pop-up notifications;

- Choose to protect your account complex and strong passwords and do not use the same password for multiple accounts;

- Use the services of the operator (owner games), to maintain a reasonable balance between convenience, opportunities for creative players and information security, in particular, applying firm and at the same time is not resource-intensive encryption;

- Beware of the pirate game servers - they provide low quality and lack of security;

- Do not fall for malicious attempts to steal your password - for example, did not immediately respond to requests to change your credentials if the request came from an untrusted source;

- Go to the site of the game is not a hyperlink, and entering the address into your browser, or through a bookmark. So you can avoid getting a fake gaming site, stealing the identity of visitors;

- Do not download programs for cheating - under their views may be hiding malware;

- Choose a reliable partner on the game team, do not use unfair means to gain an advantage and not provoke you to dangerous actions.

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