PC Gaming Threats Jumped 66% Amid COVID-19 Lockdowns

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The number of gamers hit with PC-specific gaming-related cyberattacks increased at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic but dropped in the first and second quarters of 2021, according to new research from Kaspersky.

Researchers investigated several types of security threats associated with gaming. The threat statistics come from Kaspersky Security Network, which processes anonymized cybersecurity data voluntarily provided by Kaspersky product users. Data shows PC game-related threats hit 2.48 million detections worldwide as lockdowns were introduced in the second quarter of 2020, a 66% increase from 1.48 million detections in the first quarter of 2020. The number of attacks and affected users sharply dropped to 636,904 attacks in the second quarter of 2021, researchers note.

“Researchers said the high volume of attacks over the past year may be connected to the rapid growth of gaming activities during the pandemic,” they write in a release. 

The total number of users who

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