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Security takes a backseat for uninterrupted, video game marathons

New research from ESET, which polled over 500 gamers, has found that 6% of gamers have spent around a full-day immersed in a video game.

Top 5 threats for online gamers and how to avoid them

This piece looks at the five threats online gamers face and what they can do to protect themselves. It’s important to be wary of these to stay safe and secure.

Why security is a transversal issue for video games development

Santiago Sassone, a senior corporate communications specialist, on why security is a transversal issue for video games development.

Video game safety: The insight of professional gamers

Professional gamers offer their insight into video game safety, helping players all over the world stay safe and secure from cybercriminal activity.

Why online gaming is the new frontier for cybercrime

Online gaming and cybercrime are more connected than you might think. We explore how online games are becoming the new hunting ground for cybercriminals looking to earn and learn.

Games with millions of users: How much about it do you really know?

Have you spoke to your kids lately? We bet if you have, then you are all too familiar with what they tend to talk about – video games. While you may still be clueless about the ins and outs, its worth reading up on online gaming, as there are plenty of risks you never knew possible.

8 security tips for gamers: go play with no worries!

It is possible to enjoy videogames by applying practical security measures that will keep us safe. In this article, we look at 8 security tips.

5 ways attackers are targeting gamers

Gamers beware – video games, websites and even apps are all in the sights of hackers hungry for better scores, more money and public notoriety.

The 6 biggest online gaming hacks

We Live Security looks at six of the biggest online gaming hacks to date – From Xbox Live and PSN, to Big Fish Games and Steam.

MMORPG hacker stripped to his underwear and executed online, watched by almost a million people

Guild Wars 2’s security team serves tough justice on teleporting hacker.

The hacker games that made beating security feel like a thrill

Real-world hacking has long since spawned legions of more glamorous portrayals in videogames. Here are five of the best that take hacking and elevate it to thrilling levels.

Gamescom: How gaming grew up into a target for crime

Video games have gone since the late 1970s and early 1980s from being a small offshoot of the “traditional” computing industry to becoming a full-fledged multi-billion dollar industry – with its own brand of criminal.

Securing Your Holiday Tech Gifts, Part 1: Windows PC Guide

[UPDATE #1:  (21 Dec 2012, 5:30PM) ESET Researcher Cameron Camp has just published the second part of this series on securing your Android device.  Read it here on the ESET Threat Blog at Securing Your Holiday Tech Gifts, Part 2: Android Guide.  AG] December is upon us, and whether you have a Christmas tree, menorah,

Kids’ computer game malware – Scammers stoop to new lows

There’s a new batch of malware making the rounds, this time directed at spreading banking malware through childrens’ games. Though it’s hard to imagine, the scammers are taking advantage of the naivete of kids, who may not be as skilled at detecting scams as their more seasoned parents. According to an article in Softpedia, the

Boys will be boys…

…whatever the hacker community’s personal taste is in games and consoles, gamers are a tempting target…

An ethical dilemma

Update: It seems like the initial article is inaccurate and that Paul Rellis never made any such comments about a 14 year old breaking into the X-Box live servers and have not offered to mentor him http://kotaku.com/5805742/microsoft-is-helping-an-xbox-live-hacker-develop-his-talent TekGoblin reports (http://www.tekgoblin.com/2011/05/27/14-year-old-call-of-duty-hacker-hired-by-microsoft/) that a teenager who broke into the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 gameservers last

E3 Opens Tomorrow

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, opens in Los Angeles on June 15th. There will be a lot of news coming out of this major expo and that means a lot of press. Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are all set to announce new games and motion control devices that are certain to attract a lot

New White Papers

A number of new papers have been added to the white papers page: Cristian Borghello’s "Playing Dirty" is a translation of his original Spanish paper, available on the ESET Latin America web site, and describes in detail how criminals make money out of stealing online gaming credentials and assets. http://www.eset.com/download/whitepapers/EsetWP-PlayingDirty20090812.pdf My paper "Social Security Numbers:

Xbox: Integrating Social Networks

Just a few short days ago I read the announcement that Microsoft announced a new relationship with the social networking services Twitter and Facebook. The relationship was created to enable users of Xbox Live to access their profiles and post photos to their Facebook accounts and allow Twitter users to post and read messages –

Threat Trends In January

Here at ESET we have just released our Global ThreatTrends report for January 2009. Not surprisingly, at the top of the list is a family of programs that exploit Microsoft’s longest unpatched vulnerability. That’s right, Autorun.inf, is an evil “feature” that should have been patched out of existence a long time ago. Since it is

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