So quit downloading 'em.
By Tim Colwill on April 15, 2013 at 8:57 am
Anti-virus software group AVG have released a new report showing what most gamers already know (but what is always good to be reminded of) — an overwhelming number of game hacks either include or simply are malware in disguise.
“AVG’s researchers analysed scores of such hacks and cracks found through metasearch services such as FilesTube and FileCrop, and discovered that more than 90% of them contained some form of malware or malicious code,” writes AVG’s press release.
“Even if we assume that just 0.1% of the gamers playing the top five titles go looking for a hack – a highly conservative estimate – that means 330,000 people are potentially at risk of falling victim to game hack malware, which could lead to the loss of any legitimate, paid-for gaming assets, as well as sensitive personal data such as bank details and email or social media passwords.”
A timely reminder to stay away from game hacks — something we of course frown upon here at games.on.net anyway! — and to keep your own personal anti-virus solutions up to date.
Source: Press Release