Online scams disguised as games grow 13% in 2022 By Cointelegraph


Online scams disguised as games grow 13% in 2022

In the first half of 2022, Kaspersky experts detected an increase in the activities of cybercriminals preying on gamers. The number of victims attacked by malware that collects sensitive data and spreads disguised as some of the most popular game titles increased by 13% this year, compared to the first half of 2021.

In an attempt to download free games, gamers end up infected and lose access to accounts (including money) and also often lose possessions of cryptocurrencies, since many malware also act as identifiers and address exchangers for cryptocurrency wallet destination. For example, when trying to make a transaction and paste the recipient’s address, the program takes advantage of the user and pastes the attacker’s address, therefore the transaction is made to another destination and the operation cannot be undone.

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To assess the current scenario of gaming-related risks, Kaspersky conducted a survey of the most popular gaming threats (desktop and mobile).

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