One of the biggest names in consumer cybersecurity has discovered the most dangerous games for malware attacks, alongside a larger global study of cyber risks faced by members of the gaming community.
Before the release of his Norton Cyber Safety Insights 2021 Report: Special Edition – Gaming and Cybercrime, conducted by The Harris Poll, NortonLifeLock revealed the top ten PC games related to malware attacks. While many esports titles dominate the rankings, the world’s highest grossing entertainment product of all time tops the list.
The ten worst PC games for malware attacks
- Grand Theft Auto V
- CounterStrike: Global Offensive
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
- Battlefield 4
- League of Legends
- Diablo II: Risen
- World of warcraft
In its larger survey of more than 5,000 gamers worldwide, Norton’s research found that more than two in five gamers (46%) have experienced an attack on their game account, including malware on their game. device (20%); theft of digital currency, characters or other in-game items (12%); or seeing unauthorized access to their gaming account (12%).
It’s even worse for high-level hardcore gamers – two in three (66%) say they’ve been shot by rascals trying to steal their wares. Norton also found that three in four US gamers (76%) lost money through hacks – and the average amount stolen by criminals is $ 744.
Doxing is also a huge problem. This method of online harassment, which targets a specific person or group to find and post their personal information, happened to 16% of US-based hardcore gamers, as well as 7% of casual gamers.
Many online security issues seem to stem from poor security. Almost half (47%) of US gamers admit to using the same password for more than one account or gaming device; 39% share personal information such as names and birthdays when playing online; About one in three (29%) download add-ons from unofficial websites.
That said, gamers aren’t just the victims of the hack. According to Norton’s survey of 702 US-based adults, two in five admitted that they would be likely to hack a friend, family member or even a partner’s game account. romantic for competitive advantage.
Armin Buescher, CTO of NortonLifeLock, said: “Scammers know that for seasoned gamers and casual gamers alike, limited edition tips, skins and items are in high demand.
“Providing these competitive advantages is a perfect opportunity to share malicious links or trick players into downloading malware which, if successful, can deprive players of their gaming profile, personal information, etc. “