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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