Cyberattacks targeting gamers surged along with the appeal of online games during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Kaspersky.

The current research study by the cybersecurity business found a 54% boost in April 2020 compared to January 2020. This increase corresponded with the increase in online video gaming as worldwide lockdowns went into effect due to the pandemic.

These attacks try to direct users to destructive websites with the promise of free variations of popular titles, extensions, mods, and cheats.

” However, if users click these links, a wide range of destructive programs can be downloaded, from password-stealing malware to ransomware and [cryptocurrency] miners,” Kaspersky stated in a declaration.

The security business’s scientists discovered that certain video games were preferred targets for phishing and malware projects.

Minecraft was one of the most popular titles utilized to lure victims. Over 130 000 web attacks utilized the video game’s name.

Other popular games utilized in destructive attacks consist of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) and The Witcher 3. The latter video game has actually risen in popularity in recent months thanks to the effective Netflix series.

Phishing pages containing the word “Steam”, the name of Valve’s PC games publishing service and online store, also increased significantly.

Kaspersky discovered a 40% increase in these phishing websites in April compared to February.

” There is a large user part to [these attacks’] success,” states Maria Namestnikova, a security professional at Kaspersky.

” The previous few months have revealed that users are extremely vulnerable to falling for phishing attacks or clicking on malicious links when it comes to games.”

Previously this week, Kaspersky noted that Trojan malware targeted at taking passwords is targeting other online gaming services.

These services include Origin, Battle.net, and Uplay. Instead of phishing for unrelated account information, these destructive programs steal video gaming accounts so that they can sell in-game items.

To keep your gaming accounts and other accounts safe, Kaspersky recommends utilizing two-factor authentication (2FA) for these accounts.

The company includes that you should not trust cheating mods and pirated copies of games considering that cybercriminals use them to draw victims. Also, ensure to get secrets for video games and download games from relied on websites and shops.

When it comes to sites appealing in-game currency, rather avoid them. Lots of websites using free or affordable currency really rip-off users or take payment details. For instance, V-Bucks scammers target Fortnite players through third-party sites.