Cyberattacks: What Happens to Hardcore Gamers?

Over half of all gamers (50 percent) have been the target of a cyberassault, with 66% of hardcore gamers among them, according to a new poll. NortonLifeLock conducted a global study to shed light on internet gaming dangers and discovered that 56% of those targeted had lost more than 700 on average as a result of the attack.

Surprisingly, many gamers are aware of numerous hazardous internet gaming activities, including reusing the same password for several gaming accounts or devices, and transferring personal information, including their names and birthdays while playing a game over the internet. Some even admitted to obtaining add-ons from a third party other than the game’s developer.

“Cheats, trainers and exploits can be incredibly alluring for driven gamers. Scammers know this and will often try to trick gamers into clicking phishing links or downloading malware by touting limited edition items or secret cheat codes that promise to give a competitive boost,” remarked Darren Shou, Head of Technology, NortonLifeLock.

Whatever it takes, that’s what I’ll do.

The survey of over 5,300 respondents in eight countries also revealed some surprising findings of gamer-to-gamer cyber risks, as well as the lengths gamers are prepared to go to win.

For example, around one in four (27%) gamers would hack into a friend, family member, or romantic partner’s gaming account if they believed it would give them an edge in an online game.

This attitude is more common among hardcore gamers in the United States; two out of five (42%) claim to have done it.

Furthermore, among gaming device or account owners in the United States who have been targeted by a cyberattack, one in five (21%) have been doxxed, or had their personal information published online.

“I’ve learned that when you’re gaming online, it’s so important to be mindful of who you are friends with online and what information you share. While this is especially true for professional gamers who have that public profile, it’s clear this goes for any online gamer,” suggests BigCheeseKIT, gamer and Twitch streamer.