Malware Makers Target Online Games to Spread Worms

A majority of computer users play online computer games for their pleasure or relaxation after a long workday. It be unfortunate to find out that an online computer game infected by a virus turns your day into a stressful one.

Playing computer games can be enjoyable but is it really safe for your computer system? You may guess that surfing the Internet is not 100% secure but the last thing on your mind is getting a nasty computer virus from playing an online computer game.

Microsoft Security has issued a research report where it notifies that virus creators are continuously assaulting online video game players. Also, a large number of malicious software programs are being developed to obtain authorization of renowned online games. According to the report, we were able to identify that the favorite objects to perform phishing attacks include gaming sites, websites of retailers and banks, and online portals.

Hijacked gaming accounts are sold on through the Internet's underground economy. Microsoft said that a malicious family of software programs are seeking out popular online computer games such as World of Warcraft, Maple Story, Lineage and several others. According to Microsoft's seventh Security Intelligence Report, cybercrooks use computer worm parasites for stealing confidential personal information from local computer users through online games, unsecured file sharing and removable disk drives.

The most dangerous and prevalent malware involve Taterf and Conficker worms which have infected millions of computer systems worldwide. Both these worms use a troublesome mode to reach their goal. They creep in the progressively attractive thumb drives that are continuously getting popularity among people as means to transfer videos, music, files, games or other information between machines. The third malware in a list of most hazardous badware is Frethog, a huge family of password-stealing Trojans that steals confidential data, like account information from massive multiplayer online computer games.

Cybercriminals are becoming comparatively more open and malevolent in the way they attack computers. Multi-layered protection, utilizing an anti-spyware or anti-virus applicaiton, is highly suggested for every computer due to the severity of malicious attacks and advanced parasite infections. Having anti-virus software for removal of threats is good, however, preventing the virus from entering the PC in the first place is a much better solution and proactive measure that every computer user should take. Secure Play's, an online game security company, states that hackers are successively stealing online game account personal information which is a beneficial goal for these culprits to steal game currency.

Enjoy playing your online computer games but by-all-means, take proactive measures to protect yourself from lurking virus infections that target the online gaming world.


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