Cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab has detected a huge spike in hacking attempts ever since both the Xbox One and PS4 launched in November. The firm told Consumer Affairs that hackers launched an average of 34,000 attacks per day across the PS4, Xbox One and other game platforms. The firm has also found a total of 4.6 million pieces of gaming-focused malware against various game systems. Europe, specifically Spain drew the most interest with 138,786 attacks as of writing.
“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.”
Both Microsoft and Sony have not released a public statement regarding such attacks, but Sony did force a great number of PSN users to change their passwords due to curious and unwanted activity associated with their accounts.
Ubisoft is also working with Kaspersky Lab on its open-world game Watch Dogs, which revolves around a hacker vigilante.