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PARIS: Akamai SOTI Report – Attacks on video game publishers more than doubled

Akamai Technologies today released its latest state-of-the-Internet/Akamai Security “Gaming Resurgence” report on the gaming industry.

This report highlights in particular that video game publishers and player accounts are particularly at risk due to the surge in web application attacks in the post-pandemic context.

Cyberattacks on web applications in the video game industry expose player accounts, leading to the sale of video game accounts and the theft of personal information, including credit card information.

“With the development and popularity of video games, this sector has become a prime target for cyberattacks. Cybercriminals typically disrupt online services and collect login credentials to steal player accounts. Moreover, with the expansion in the cloud that attracts new players, there are prime targets for hackers, new opportunities for attacks. – Jonathan Singer, Senior Media & Entertainment Strategist at Akamai

You can view the report directly from the dedicated Akamai page.

The State of the Internet report shows that video game publishers and player accounts are particularly at risk following the post-pandemic surge in attacks on web applications.

Akamai Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the cloud company that powers and protects life on the Internet, today released a new State of the Internet report showing that attacks on web applications in the video game industry have doubled over the past year. In this new video game resurgence report, we find that these attacks are occurring as demand for cloud gaming platforms grows.

Cyberattacks on web applications in the video game industry expose player accounts, leading to the sale of video game accounts and the theft of personal information, including credit card information. The microtransaction market is expected to reach $106.02 billion by 2026, making it a prime target for hackers. The report also states that the video game industry is the target of 37% of DDoS attacks. This is a significant figure as the second most targeted market segment is the financial sector with 22%.

Here are other key takeaways from the Video Game Resurgence report:

Attacks on web applications in the video game industry increased by 167% between Q1 2021 and Q1 2022, affecting millions of player accounts worldwide.

· The United States is the main target of hackers, followed by Switzerland, India, Japan, the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe and Asia.

· Video game publishers are moving their operations to the cloud, creating new attack opportunities for hackers.

· Microtransactions, common in the video game industry, are especially attractive to hackers who can take advantage of players’ spending power without attracting attention.

“As games evolve and grow, the industry has become a prime target for cyberattacks,” said Jonathan Singer, senior media and entertainment strategist at Akamai. “Cybercriminals typically disrupt online services and collect login credentials to steal player accounts. Moreover, with the expansion in the cloud that attracts new players, there are prime targets for hackers, new opportunities for attacks. Our latest video game resurgence report looks at why and how the video game industry has become a global target for cybercriminals, scammers and money launderers. »

Akamai experts at the Black Hat event will be available to discuss the report and host a lunchtime training session titled “In-Depth Analysis of Observable Obfuscation Techniques and How to Master Them.” The session will take place on Thursday, August 11 at 13:00 (Pacific Time). Finally, Akamai Researcher Jordan Garzon will give a talk on “Protecting Your Crypto Assets from Malicious JavaScript Phishing” on Wednesday, August 10 at 1:00 pm (Pacific Time).

To learn more, security professionals can use the new Akamai Security Research Center. They will be able to interact with Akamai researchers and learn more about combating threats. You can also follow the team on Twitter with @Akamai_Research.

To meet the Akamai team at Black Hat 2022 Las Vegas, visit booth 2422.

About Akamai

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