Gaming Sites Targeted by Criminals

Gaming Sites Targeted by CriminalsThe creation of the internet is easily one of the most important inventions of the late 20th century. The internet has changed society in ways that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Unfortunately criminals have also adapted to the internet. Identity theft is rampant and the damage done can take years to correct. Malware is becoming increasingly common and viruses, trojans and other malware are no longer confined to porn, gambling and file sharing sites. Today popular sites such as the New York Times site and USA Today have been the targets of cybercriminals.

Online gambling sites are still targeted by scammers and in recent years there have been cases of stolen player accounts being sold on global black markets. Rootkits such as the infamous Zeus Trojan are designed to steal banking and other account information. Keyloggers record every keystroke revealing passwords and account numbers. Zeus is usually installed via drive by downloads. The computer hides in the background and when any accounts are accessed the program goes into action to perform its dirty work.

Virus Analyst Christian Funk of Kaspersky Lab, an internet security firm, compiled a report titled “The Underground Economy of Online Gaming Fraud.” Funk told reporters “Online gaming has evolved into a fully-fledged economy with well-developed demand, specific customer requirements and different sectors, including ‘premium.” Phishing emails are popular with scammers. Many scammers are talented graphic artists and can duplicate the look of just about any website. They will send fake emails pretending to be from a legitimate company and once the victim replies and provides information their accounts are drained in a matter of hours or days.

Ransomware is a major nuisance on the internet. Ransomware will slow or stop a computer until a ransom is paid. The current FBI Moneypak virus has infected about 11 million computers in the United States. The virus locks the computer and the scammers demand victims pay a ‘fine’ to have their computers unlocked. In most cases other malware is installed at the same time and even if the victim pays the ‘fine’ their computer remains compromised. Mobile gamers are not immune to malware. Given the massive growth in mobile gaming cybercriminals have realized there is money to be made exploiting the mobile market.

Those playing at online bingo sites and casinos need to be vigilant and watch for the signs of infection. These can include a slowdown in computer speeds, redirects and an excessive number of popup ads. Players should make sure they have one or two antivirus programs installed and should scan their computers weekly.

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