Experts On News That Gamers Hit With Over 14 Million Credential Stuffing Attacks Daily

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Oct 01, 2020 02:46 am PST

According to data analyzed by the Atlas VPN research team, gamers are hit with 14.02 million credential stuffing attacks daily. A successful credential abuse attack steals the victim’s account and puts the owner’s credit card information as well as in-game assets at risk. Worth noting – veteran players might have thousands of dollars worth of items in their game inventory. Credential stuffing is a cyber-attack where fraudsters use large numbers of stolen credentials to log into individuals’ or companies’ accounts. This cyber-attack type is on the rise due to the high number of data breaches in the past years. While credential abuse attacks are rarely discussed, data reveals that it is a wide-spread issue. Hackers attacked gamers a staggering 9.83 billion times from July 2018 to June 2020. In other words, players are hit with around 14 million attacks per day or 584 thousand attacks per hour.

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James McQuiggan
James McQuiggan , Security Awareness Advocate
October 1, 2020 10:46 am

Credential stuffing against the gaming population is lucrative, as it provides access to personal information about the gamer and their credit card.

Cybercriminals recognise that many players won\’t implement additional security measures and use the same password across various gaming accounts.

Game developers can protect their players by requiring multi-factor authentication (MFA) from an authenticator app or possibly an SMS text message with a code needed to log in along with the player\’s password.

Gamers should ensure they\’re using strong passwords or passphrases for their gaming accounts and, where available, MFA to secure their accounts. This way, in the event of a password credentialing attack, it will reduce their risk of exposure to losing their treasure and weapons acquired through gaming or credit card information.

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