Hackers Ramp Up Attacks Against Xbox One, PS4

Hackers Ramp Up Attacks Against Xbox One, PS4

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Kaspersky Lab has detected a significant uptick in hacking attempts against the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The launch of a new generation of consoles has brought with it some unwelcome attention from hackers, who have unleashed a surge of attacks against both Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One. Computer security company Kaspersky Lab estimates the systems are subjected to an average of about 34,000 attacks per day, and that roughly 4.6 million pieces of "gaming focused malware" are directed against them.

Spain is leading the way among European nations with 138,786 attacks this year, followed by Poland with 127,509 attacks and then Italy, with 75,080. The goal, rather than banking and credit card information, is usually to secure user names and passwords, for which there is a "thriving marketplace" online where they are bought and sold.

"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 told Consumer Affairs. "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."

Among the most "successful" pieces of malware released this year were a fake Minecraft tool that snatched user names and passwords and pirated copies of Grand Theft Auto 5 that turned out to be fakes containing malicious code. Emm warned that as game consoles become increasingly ubiquitous, both the sophistication and the volume of attacks against them will inevitably continue to increase.

Source: Consumer Affairs

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Thank god I live in the UK, where instead of hacking, they'll just break into your living room and take it while you're playing it!

'Kingdom, we love you.

Makes me glad I have a Wii U. Although I suppose it has it's hackers as well. I suppose as long as I don't download weird programs or pirated games for it I should be okay.

Weirdest thing is, my only thought is how Microsoft is reacting to that whole thing.

They DID try to push for an always-online consoles when they first introduced Xbox One, after all.

i thought the grand theft auto 5 thing was a fake pc port how is that related to this?

heroicbob:
i thought the grand theft auto 5 thing was a fake pc port how is that related to this?

How is malware related to other malware? Malware used to steal personal information is related to other malware that tries to steal personal information in both what it is and what it tries to accomplish.

When Kaspersky releases a new threat-assessment, always remember that they also sell the antidote (if it even works).
They have a vested interest in people feeling threatened by cyber-attacks and buying their products.

Company that sells anti-virus/malware/etc software talks up dangers of viruses/malware/etc to encourage people to purchase their software. This isn't news, this is advertising.

Stryker:
When Kaspersky releases a new threat-assessment, always remember that they also sell the antidote (if it even works).
They have a vested interest in people feeling threatened by cyber-attacks and buying their products.

Not to be pedantic, but Kaspsersky doesn't actually sell Xbox One or PS4 Anti-Virus... They might well be drumming up business, and I agree that overall they have a vested interest, but in this case they do not "sell the antidote" nor, due to the locked-down nature of these consoles, can they do so even if they wanted to.

Great. So in a few years I'll have to worry about installing anti-this and anti-that on my console now too? I play on consoles to avoid that crap. Ugh. Why are people so evil?

Stryker:
When Kaspersky releases a new threat-assessment, always remember that they also sell the antidote (if it even works).
They have a vested interest in people feeling threatened by cyber-attacks and buying their products.

That may be true, but it's also perfectly reasonable that a cybersecurity company posts news about cybersecurity. In addition, their reports are consistent with people who do not directly benefit from the sale of anti-virus software, such as corporate or institutional IT departments.

It's also very likely that, since trust is an important and irreplaceable thing for these companies, and since their pronouncements are likely to be fact-checked by people who do not have a vested interest in AV software (lets remember that we are talking about professional nerds here), it would be incredibly stupid for such a company to take the risk of falsely reporting threats.

smithy_2045:
Company that sells anti-virus/malware/etc software talks up dangers of viruses/malware/etc to encourage people to purchase their software. This isn't news, this is advertising.

Except last time I checked there isn't a version of Kaspersky available on the XBone or PS4.

I wonder if hackers actually wear ski masks while they're sitting at their computer hacking. :3

Other than that: just another reason I'm glad I don't own a new console yet.

RJ 17:
I wonder if hackers actually wear ski masks while they're sitting at their computer hacking. :3

Other than that: just another reason I'm glad I don't own a new console yet.

He should really schedule an appointment with an optometrist, it looks like he has some problems reading the screen. Maybe the ski mask is in the way, but it looks unlikely. Poor hacker.

nickpy:

Stryker:
When Kaspersky releases a new threat-assessment, always remember that they also sell the antidote (if it even works).
They have a vested interest in people feeling threatened by cyber-attacks and buying their products.

Not to be pedantic, but Kaspsersky doesn't actually sell Xbox One or PS4 Anti-Virus... They might well be drumming up business, and I agree that overall they have a vested interest, but in this case they do not "sell the antidote" nor, due to the locked-down nature of these consoles, can they do so even if they wanted to.

I think the idea is that, if enough interest is generated out of fear, Kaspersky could talk the game companies into cosigning on an AV App for the consoles. Another sub-based service for (relatively) little effort would be prime for monetization.

I say "relative" b/c they have already adapted their AV software for the tablet market, and I can't imagine it'd be that hard to do so for console.

Misterian:
Weirdest thing is, my only thought is how Microsoft is reacting to that whole thing.

They DID try to push for an always-online consoles when they first introduced Xbox One, after all.

They're launching the attacks to force the always online factor! IT'S ALL A CONSPIRACY TO CONTROL EVERYTHING MAN!

OT: doesn't surprise me about this.

canadamus_prime:

Except last time I checked there isn't a version of Kaspersky available on the XBone or PS4.

Though considering how 3rd parties keep demanding that consoles become computers I wouldn't be surprised if we require anti-virus programming down the line.

canadamus_prime:

smithy_2045:
Company that sells anti-virus/malware/etc software talks up dangers of viruses/malware/etc to encourage people to purchase their software. This isn't news, this is advertising.

Except last time I checked there isn't a version of Kaspersky available on the XBone or PS4.

There doesn't need to be an Xbox One or a P$4 version for it to be Kaspersky advertising disguised as news.

Aiddon:

canadamus_prime:

Except last time I checked there isn't a version of Kaspersky available on the XBone or PS4.

Though considering how 3rd parties keep demanding that consoles become computers I wouldn't be surprised if we require anti-virus programming down the line.

What 3rd parties would those be? Also consoles have been glorified PCs for nearly a decade now.

canadamus_prime:

Except last time I checked there isn't a version of Kaspersky available on the XBone or PS4.

Do they sell a firewall program they could advertise to laypeople?

Well, my first thought was oddly that given that this is new that the rise of "attacks" on the new systems could be the result of Microsoft and Sony basically encouraging mass attacks on their own systems to check the security now that it's up and running.

That and to point out that both companies have basically garnered so many enemies that it should surprise no one that there are tons of people out to compromise the networks that make them so much money. I'd actually be surprised if there weren't tons of people after these networks and the people using them.

At the end of the day though I wouldn't be too worried. The internet hasn't ever really been truly safe, and I don't think the odds of any specific individual being victimized have likely increased on these new networks beyond the point where they were to begin with. For all my dislike of them, Sony and Microsoft seem to run a fairly tight ship, which is why when something like Lulzsec's attack on PSN happen and get those kinds of results it becomes major news, that kind of thing tends to represent a major exception.

As a previous World of Warcraft player I say, "Yeah and what else is new?".

FightingFurball:
Seems like the article got it a bit wrong:

http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2013/12/16/dont-believe-the-hype-34000-hackers-are-not-attacking-ps4-and-xbox-one/

Yeah, I thought it seemed a bit unlikely that there was more malware around than actual consoles. So the actual "news" is that malware still exists for PCs, and by the way a couple of new consoles have been launched. Looks like a classic use of the first rule of journalism - if the news isn't interesting or new enough, just make shit up.

So you are trying to say that there is an increase in PC malware trying to steal your PSN and XBox Live logins, and that an anti-virus seller has suggested it's linked to the release of new consoles? Because if that is what you are trying to say, why not say it?

Andy Chalk:

Sony and Microsoft machines increasingly use the Internet for a fuller gaming experience.

Fuller gaming experience my ass! You don't need the internet to have a great gaming experience, most of the time it just seems to add problems.

Andy Chalk:

both the sophistication and the volume of attacks against them will inevitably continue to increase.

HA! We can only hope so. God speed hackers of the world, hack those bastards!!

*sigh* Tis sad that I'm actually on the side of criminals yet I feel I'm not morally in the wrong, that's what this industry has come to.

Sniper Team 4:
Great. So in a few years I'll have to worry about installing anti-this and anti-that on my console now too? I play on consoles to avoid that crap. Ugh. Why are people so evil?

The real question is; why are console makers so stupid and want to be always online? They've brought this on themselves.

 

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