42% of UK Gamers Have Experienced a Cyber-Attack on Their Account or Device
More than two in five (42%) UK gamers have experienced a cyber-attack targeting their gaming account or device, according to a new study from NortonLifeLock.
The most common types of cyber-attacks affecting gamers included detecting malicious software on a gaming device (20%), having in-game digital currency, characters or other items stolen (12%) and detecting unauthorized access to an online gaming account (12%). Of the 42% who experienced an attack, over three-quarters (78%) reported being financially affected as a result, losing an average of £145.
Nearly one in five (19%) hardcore gamers revealed they have been doxxed, a process in which their personal information was stolen and shared publicly online.
The survey of 700 UK adults who currently play online games also uncovered some alarming trends around gamer-to-gamer cyber risks. Over a quarter (28%) of respondents admitted they are at least somewhat likely to hack the gaming account of a friend, family member or romantic partner if they knew it would give them a competitive advantage in an online game. Among hardcore gamers, this sentiment rose to 48%.
Additionally, 43% of all the UK gamers surveyed said they are at least