Hackers are concentrating all their forces on the new game consoles




A new generation of video game consoles come with the arrival on the market Xbox One and Playstation 4, and immediately took the matter talented hackers from around the world. But the question now is not about trying to run on consoles pirated images of games, but only about breaking personal PSN and Xbox Live accounts of their respective owners.

As a result of research conducted by the Kaspersky Lab, it was found that on average owners of gaming consoles worldwide committed more than 34,000 hacking attacks a day. The number of attacks has increased dramatically after the start of sales of new game consoles Xbox One and Playstation 4 in November this year.

Also, security experts from Kaspersky Lab told reporters that today they know about 4.6 million different malware specifically designed for game consoles. Particularly active in this regard themselves exhibit hackers from Spain. Only last year the Spanish cyber bullies made more than 140,000 attacks on gaming consoles. Polish hackers are in this ranking for the second place, made about 130,000 attacks per year, and the third place is occupied by Italy with 75,000 hacking attempts of foreign accounts.

“In November, we were witness to the major launch of new consoles in the history of the gaming industry. I’m talking about Xbox One and Playstation 4. It means only that for criminals on the web a lot of new goals, given that both consoles are actively using the Internet to enrich the gaming experience. Of course, it does not forget about the PC, which is the most attractive platform for hacking hacking today “- shared with journalists David Emm, head of the research division of Kaspersky Lab.

Main target of hackers is to try to steal the username and password boxes. After a successful theft, the information is usually sold on the side. Most often attacked directly by users, but in rare cases it has been a massive attack on the companies that support network services like PSN and Xbox Live. We all remember how in 2011 the internet service Playstation Network was hacked, resulting in the stolen data on approximately 77 million user accounts. As a result of this well-organized attack Sony had to shut down the service almost a month to completely rewrite the part of its code related to security.

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