Players of the hugely popular Fortnite video game are being urged to be vigilant as malicious hackers kick off campaigns to hijack accounts. David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab commented below.
David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab:
“The gaming industry is hugely lucrative, and with over half of players regularly gaming online, it’s also becoming an increasingly attractive target for cyber criminals. However, many online gamers don’t take precautions to reflect this. According to Kaspersky Lab research, just 5 per cent of people selected their gaming account as being one of three that require the strongest passwords.
Online gamers – both amateur and professional – are understandably concerned about having their accounts hacked, or being locked out of their accounts by forgetting their passwords. This is a dilemma that people face every day, with many choosing the less secure option of using either the same password for all their accounts, or simple passwords that are easy for hackers to guess.
However, only by taking appropriate precautions and using strong, unique passwords will people be confident that their valuable accounts are protected and that all their efforts have not gone to waste. In addition, gamers should protect their computers and not disable features for fear of them interfering with their gameplay.”