Watch Dogs - PS4 And Xbox One Targeted By Hackers 34,000 Times Every Day

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 2:00 PM
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Both of the next-gen consoles are being subjected to an average of over 34,000 cyber attacks per day globally, according to a report from cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab.

The Playstation 4 and Xbox One have been both targeted repeatedly by hackers as the surge of gamers picking up their systems provides ample targets for would-be hackers…

The Playstation 3 had a dark shadow cast over it when the Playstation Network was hacked back in April 2011, forcing Sony to turn the entire online network off for 24 days while Sony addressed the issue of the details of up to 77 million registered Playstation Network (PSN) accounts being stolen.

At the time it was recognised as one of the largest data security breaches in history, but it seems Sony, and now Microsoft, can’t catch a break when it comes to internet security.

Kaspersky estimates that there are an average of 34,000 attacks per day on the next-gen consoles, while there are currently 4.6 million pieces of gaming malware that are directed to the target the consoles.

As games consoles have pushed ever more into an ‘always on’ connected world it appears they are becoming of more and more interest to hackers. Rather than focus on your bank account details and credit card information, Kaspersky experts believe they are after your user name and password. These accounts can reportedly be sold for cash in underground hacking forums. 

It is worth nothing of course that Kaspersky Lab is one of the leading lights in the antivirus industry, so they may have a significant interest in maximising the perceived threat from hackers.

David Emm, senior security researcher at Kaspersky said; "As computer games continue to become an increasingly prominent and important part of our lives, and our culture, expect malicious actors to up the sophistication and the volume of their attacks on gamers. If people want to enjoy their new toys this Christmas, they have to be careful, as it's clear they are facing a greater threat than ever." He continued; “And don't forget the PC, still the most popular gaming platform and the cyber crooks' favorite target."

Still, Watch Dogs doesn't half look great does it?

Have you been willing to put any personal information onto the PSN since the outage in 2011?

Do you trust consoles with your payment details or do you exclusively use top-up cards?

Let us know below!

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03:39 Dec-17-2013

Steal game ID/Password using other programmer's hack program > hack into game > took all epic items & equipments > claim self as hacker. Nah, I don't call them hacker. I call them squirt. Real hacker know how the network work and expert in multiple programming language.

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14:44 Dec-17-2013

I agree completely... There is a difference between a "true hacker" and a damn petty thief...

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23:12 Dec-16-2013

not even suprised! if you must enter your personal iformation (credit card info too) and must be ci=onected to internet, just to play games, no wonder they hack consoles.

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21:33 Dec-16-2013

selfish * **

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17:26 Dec-16-2013

I always wanted to be a hacker...

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17:32 Dec-16-2013

I wanna be an ethical hacker, as described bellow. I just want the know-how.
I'm not the kind of person who would steal someone's personal information! Never mind the new blog :D

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17:42 Dec-16-2013

I have always wondered how to become a hacker.

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20:41 Dec-16-2013

lol what do you mean ? just get a hacker upgrade, n00b level needs 20 points i think xD

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20:55 Dec-16-2013

hahaha xD

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22:25 Dec-16-2013

fully Understanding how networks work and a programming background is what makes a true hacker. Being a script kiddie doesn't count as a hacker in my book

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12:05 Dec-17-2013

Script kiddieing in games exploiting isn't it?
That's how I've always seen it.

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22:13 Dec-16-2013

Well you could become a white hat hacker and legally hack , businesses pay white hat hackers to to verify their security.

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14:46 Dec-17-2013

White hackers are also employed by governments in intelligence... Though in the end they simply end up going through yours and mine legal online activity instead of going after any real criminals or threats to national security...

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17:05 Dec-16-2013

PS4 being hacked would be completely disasterous, since Sony monitors all of your chats, messages etc

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17:03 Dec-16-2013

DON'T mention the PSN being hacked!!! It's Anonymous's work, it's not much of an example for a weak security :P I

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18:26 Dec-16-2013

Yep, if a group of seriously good hackers wants to hack something, there's not much to stop them.

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22:26 Dec-16-2013

Yep, no network is 100 percent secure.

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17:00 Dec-16-2013

Hackers and hacking are now a way of life sadly. I love how some television shows paint these people as glamorous sometimes, like Republic Of Doyle did last week.

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19:19 Dec-16-2013

Why would they do that? And HOW would they convince someone hackers are nice, that they don't bite :D

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16:20 Dec-16-2013

rot in hell all hackers who will use hes skills to do bad things, i think im lucky becus i havent experienced anykind of hacking attempts on my console or pc... yet...

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16:27 Dec-16-2013

..yet..

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16:39 Dec-16-2013

me neither.

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17:07 Dec-16-2013

Me neither... I thought that my avast! was hackerproof :D Not sure what is needed to stop a hacker...

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16:02 Dec-16-2013

couple of months ago my secondary steam account in which i play dota was hacked and they stole every valuable cosmetic item i had. i didnt have much stuff since i am dont pay for anything, i had them from random drops, but still it pissed me off. after contacting steam support they traced my items and they returned them to me. they did a good job. thank god this wasnt my main account where i have all my steam games.

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15:54 Dec-16-2013

My SOE account got hacked while I was playing Planetside 2 today. I rushed and changed the password when I got the notice in game. It said that someone else had logged into my account from anothre location and I got removed from the game :S

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15:14 Dec-16-2013

Hackers are seriously trying to hack everything nowadays , i know people whose PS, Xbox, and Steam accounts has been hacked. Getting hacked isn't reason to say "haha, your system sucks!", or something like that. Since those damn hackers will try to hack anything.

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15:17 Dec-16-2013

I want to be a hacker :(

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15:21 Dec-16-2013

Well...what would you hack? Not peoples personal information i hope...

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15:35 Dec-16-2013

Yeah, hackers piss me off. If they use it for good reasons then it's alright but when they use it to purposely disrupt people's enjoyment of things or to get personal information from people, i.e. spying on them, it absolutely disgusts me.

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15:36 Dec-16-2013

Yeah, have you two heard about ethical hackers? Not all hackers are bad.

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16:46 Dec-16-2013

I wouldn't actually hack anyone, I don't have the heart for that. It would be nice just to know how it's done.

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15:33 Dec-16-2013

Dude, after having suffered from a hacking, you must know what it feels like so I would advise you not to. But you could become an ethical hacker who checks for security loopholes and works for companies :) That would be a positive end to a negative incident :)

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16:45 Dec-16-2013

I'd be the hacker the internet deserves, but not the one that it needs. Because I'm a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A dark knight.

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17:08 Dec-16-2013

XD Who wouldn't want to be a cyber-hero!!!

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19:55 Dec-16-2013

Hack to counter other hackers anyone? : P Mess their stuff up before they get some other innocent person. If you're going to hack innocent people for stupid reasons you deserve what comes to you.

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14:17 Dec-16-2013

I was one of the people who had their accounts stolen on PSN. Never thought about console gaming again after that.

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14:21 Dec-16-2013

If your account was stolen, It probably had all your personal details and bank account information and stuff, right ? That must have been awful :(

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14:35 Dec-16-2013

Couldn't do anything about the personal details, but I definitely had to cancel my credit card.

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14:05 Dec-16-2013

In other words, consoles suck. Seriously.

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14:13 Dec-16-2013

There isn't any form of antivirus in consoles as well. At least in PC's there is the option of antivirus and turning off the net.

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14:16 Dec-16-2013

..and throwing the PC through the window. You know, just to be sure.

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14:24 Dec-16-2013

I haven't had any virus attack in like 5 years or something. You don't see any malwarebytes antimalware or any other stuff in consoles if that happens. And, If you keep your data backed up, You'll be back in a jiffy from ANY virus attack, no problem ( except phishing, notify your bank ).

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15:06 Dec-16-2013

The same can happen to PCs, so in other words, PCs suck. Seriously.

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15:10 Dec-16-2013

Consoles suck, hackers or not. =D

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15:16 Dec-16-2013

I have always had fun with consoles, and for me consoles are the best way to play games. Though if u don't like consoles that's fine.

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16:01 Dec-16-2013

And there's nothing wrong with liking them either. :P
I'm just stating what I think of consoles, it doesn't necessarily mean others have to agree with me.
I've owned some consoles and then I switched to mostly playing PC only. Well, I was always a PC 'gamer', but I often played games on PC not more than few hours a week, while I usually spent at least two to three hours console gaming every day.

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