Report: Hackers Ramp Up Attacks Against New Consoles

A Consumer Affairs report says that hacking attempts against the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are ramping up. According to the report, which is based on information from security firm Kaspersky Lab, hackers have launched an average of 34,000 attacks per day across the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and other game platforms. Kaspersky also says that it has found 4.6 million pieces of gaming-focused malware against the various game systems to-date.

"We've just seen two of the biggest console launches ever, with the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One," Kaspersky Lab senior security researcher David Emm said. "That means there will be more gamers for criminals to target, especially as the Sony and Microsoft machines increasingly use the Internet for a fuller gaming experience. And don't forget the PC, still the most popular gaming platform and cyber crooks' favorite target."

Microsoft and Sony have not publicly commented on this story. Recently Sony reset the passwords of PlayStation Entertainment Network customers in Europe and North America due to what it called "irregular activity." Sony is no doubt looking to avoid a hacking incident like the one it had a few years ago that saw millions of customers' data stolen worldwide…

Source: GameSpot

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    hellfire7885 says:

    Actually, that I believe is partly due to the proliferation of online gaming. Back when devices like the Gameshark and Game Genie were viable, there was only local multiplayer, which they didn't really effect all that much.

    With how prominent online multiplayer is now, and how few people resist the urge to cheat their way through, not allow the devices at all was the only real option, same for people who will happily cheat for achievements, which removes their entire purpose.


    TL;DR the reason is a good deal more complicated.

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    GrimCW says:

    Ummm no.. that was an executive choice by Sony due to "lack of interest" in the OtherOS option supposedly.

    Or at least officially. The open ended part barely had any affect on the hacks that were made, and IIRC the big one came after the lock down.

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    I’ll agree though the real crooks are are those who steal and load pirates games. The PS3 was amazing in that you could have Linux on it. It was pretty much like what the SteamOS is trying to be. Of course the thieves and those who share accounts ruined it for us all.

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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    Some of these “criminals” are the now labeled criminals because they create hacks and cheats for games. Before the DMCA gamers could hack games using the Game Genie, Game Shark, and Code Breaker to do some pretty amazing things.

    Now people who attempt to do this are now crooks.

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    hellfire7885 says:

    *sighs* They are not hurting the corporations that made the consoles, they are just pissing off the consumers they supposedly fight for.


    But I know most of it are just idiot thieves.

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