Online gaming is a social experience. Players enter virtual communities, team up with virtual friends, participate in online forums, and collect items that are the envy of fellow gamers. All of these activities make them prime targets for cyber criminals.
Yet, it’s no competition unless gaming providers can be as effective with security as they are with their innovative efforts to foster immersive experiences.
Criminals are constantly testing defenses and probing servers to find illicit entry into gaming services and user accounts. Web attacks targeting the gaming industry rose 340% year over year between 2019 and 2020, and credential stuffing attacks were up 224%, according to Akamai’s Gaming in a Pandemic report.