Huge spike in hacking attempts following Xbox One, PS4 launch

Cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab estimates an average of 34,000 attacks per day; 4.6 million total pieces of malware detected so far this year.

Since the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in November, cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab has detected a huge spike in hacking attempts across numerous platforms, the company has said.

Hackers have launched an average of 34,000 attacks per day across the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and other game platforms, a Kaspersky Lab representative told Consumer Affairs.

In total, the cyber security firm found 4.6 million pieces of gaming-focused malware against the various game systems. In Europe specifically, Spain drew the most attention, with 138,786 attacks so far in 2013, the company said.

"We've just seen two of the biggest console launches ever, with the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One," Kaspersky Lab senior security researcher David Emm said. "That means there will be more gamers for criminals to target, especially as the Sony and Microsoft machines increasingly use the Internet for a fuller gaming experience. And don't forget the PC, still the most popular gaming platform and cyber crooks' favorite target."

Microsoft and Sony have not commented publicly about hacking attempts against their consoles so far. We've reached out to both companies regarding this new report and will update this story with anything we hear back.

Ubisoft is working with Kaspersky Lab on its upcoming open-world action game Watch Dogs.

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149 comments
Cyberjin
Cyberjin

how to be safe
- delete information about you
- use pre-paid cards
- use Paypal
- buy digital though Amazon

enoslives7
enoslives7

People who suck on the online gaming nipple, better get ready for a world of headaches and bullshit.

The corporate, greedy, move to make all video games online is a disaster. Gamers should resist it at all costs.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i am sure microsoft will keep them out i hope they both do however we will have to wait and see how sony holds up.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Get a Wii U! Stay under the radar. No one will ever look for you there!

Vodoo
Vodoo

What a bunch of scum bags! Next thing ya know they'll be installing Cryptolockers on the cosole dashboards. Your game is encrypted until you pay!

Harbinger_CR
Harbinger_CR

Hackers are a bunch of ***** seriously don't they have something better to do?

Moonco
Moonco

The 34,000 attacks are all coming from the NSA

DrKill09
DrKill09

And why is this any surprise? 

scgarfield
scgarfield

Wait for it.... in a year we will all have to run kaspersky P$4 or Kaspersky xbone for an additional $99 a year.

scgarfield
scgarfield

"and other game platforms"..... wow, ok; so you're telling me people try and hack pcs?

What a bullshit headline/advert there.

And gamespot whine about people claiming they get paid to run half the stuff they do...

Ivora
Ivora

So it seems after further investigation that this info has no merit whatsoever, Kaspersky is just trying to sell some more antivirus software and are using the launch of the XB1/PS4 as an excuse to do so. They just randomly threw in XB1/PS4 launches in an article about malware on the PC.

Ivora
Ivora

What kinds of attacks are we talking about exactly? As far as i know both the PS4 and the XB1 does not run any code that is unsigned. The info is a bit vague.

alaindc
alaindc

Console with online capability give us...

Games not finished, needding patches to work correctly.

Single player game shorter and shorter.

Single player game with multiplayer needed for single player story (mass effect 3)

Games with DLCS at release day, so corporates can smells more cash.

and now, nextgen may give us malware and hack?

No wonder i dislike that console are online now...

shreddyz
shreddyz

Well considering they built them, I guess the Chinese know how to hack them no?

Shango4
Shango4

Should I buy a Xbox 360 or ps4 to be my main video game console in march 2014? 

pboontap
pboontap

hooray for the always connected future hooray

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

That would great if they could develop a tracer virus that would find the hackers computers and destroy them permanently. That's what I hate about the internet. It's a super highway for scumbags to steal your money while claiming corporate greed. They only hurt the consumer, never the corporation... Who just passes the cost of hacking right back to us.

yngsten
yngsten

Hacking Sony and Microsoft is probably part of the Kaspersky trainee program. 

Mondrath
Mondrath

Now I'm waiting for the inevitable "but hackers are trying to open your eyes and set you free from corporate greed" comments that come with these type of articles.

dragonkantus4
dragonkantus4

the xbox 360 had something called "Live Card Microsoft Gold" that you could buy and use for xbox live or to buy things the xbone dont have that too?

juliangui
juliangui

This is why we can't have nice things...

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

Spain won the last World Cup and now is hacking the sh*t out of consoles. Naughty Spain.

pszone
pszone

people hack  if just wasting there time and need get life because at end you ones be send jail no matter how long takes.

xcollector
xcollector

@Vodoo Shit you don't have to wait for them, MS wanted to do that yesterday

rokketdawg
rokketdawg

@scgarfield If it comes to that, I'll be out of the console gaming business as well!  This is why I left PC gaming...too much upkeep for the system to be online.

tjkraz
tjkraz

@alaindc Not sure we were any better off back in the days when software updates were impossible, and one critical bug was all it took to render a game virtually unplayable.  

roman4545
roman4545

@shreddyz well consider yourself not so updated... nowadays Pakistan people or middle east are more expertise in hacking then the Chinese !

tjkraz
tjkraz

@Shango4 If you have never had an Xbox 360 or PS3, I'd get one of those in a heartbeat over the new gen.  You've got 8 years worth of  catalog titles to work through on either of those systems.  And prices will only get better on those 360/PS3 games as the new gen continues to move to the forefront.  

Shango4
Shango4

xbox 360 side 

1.When you buy a xbox 360 on amazon for 250$ it comes with 1year xbl card,halo 4,tomb raider,and 5 indie games,and 10 $amazon in store credit. which gives a bang for your buck.


2.I get to play all the multi- platform/exclusives that I miss(gears of war,halo,Forza,gta 5,red dead redemption,dark souls 2,south park stick of truth,and Titanfall etc) that are on and coming to the 360.

3.it provides the best multiplayer experience  than the PS4.

4.play music and watch youtube

5.The UI is a lot better.

6. less prone to fell.

7.BW compatible.

8.better online service


PS4 side

1.lots of F2p games

2.better graphics and can play 64 players on battlefield 4.

3.Share gameplay clips

4.Blue ray player

5.Slot loading disc tray

6.better at multitasking

7.free 10$ playstation in store credit and 30 months of PS+

8The ps4 controller batter life is low

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

@Xx_DemonSoul_xX Followed by the reverse tracer virus that traces back to the computer that started destroying the original target.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

@dragonkantus4 Ah, prepaid cards? It's my preference for any online transactions. You can use prepaid cards for PSN, Xbox Live, and most other sites I shop on, so there really is no reason to use credit/debit cards anymore.

West123
West123

@tjkraz @alaindc which game?? i had over 25 ps one games and 30 ps2 games and not one of them failed not once!!

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@Shango4i would get 360 i would not bother with ps 4 till there are some decent games there. personally i am going to get a wii u then an xbox.one

DrKill09
DrKill09

@Shango4 The 360 was a hunk of shit.


Cons;

- debuted with a 20gb hard drive, larger drives not available til three years later, were proprietary, and EXTREMELY overpriced.

- no web browsing until recently

- no youtube until recently

- cluttered UI after they removed the Blades dashboard

- Mii knockoffs.  I am a hardcore gamer, not a toddler.

- pitiful ammount of exclusives compared to PS3

- most exclusives also on pc

- RROD was not fixed until the new S model about 5 years TOO LATE

- multiplatform games tend to be filled with too much bloom, and poor lighting

- no built in Blu Ray drive

- no built in wifi adapter until S model

- no lithium ion battery in the controller, eats AA like candy

- XBox Live and PSN are comparable, except PSN isn't full of whiney little kids who bitch and swear


Microsoft FUCKED early adopters, and I'll never forgive them.  Don't act like it's a good console, because it isn't.

tjkraz
tjkraz

@West123 @tjkraz @alaindc It's not necessarily that games failed, rather the problem was bugs or errors that slipped through the testing process and were completely unfixable.  Do a search for famous video game glitches and you'll find plenty of stories and videos.  Some games had goals which were unattainable, physics problems (falling through floors, getting stuck in walls), NPCs that get "stuck", "instant kill" methods in shooters which were never intended to be present, etc.  


I still remember playing an NBA game on my Sega Genesis years ago where it was so ridiculously easy to steal the ball that my friend and I didn't consider ourselves having "won" a game unless we scored 100 points more than our opponent.  


There's no question that video game QA has declined over the years.  But at least there IS some path for fixing post-release problems.  

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@DrKill09A good console is any console that has the games there to back it up. 360 has great games just as the ps 3 does the only difference is it took ps 3 a lot longer to get good games than it did xbox 360.  you haters are more like the whiney little kids you speak of. and its not live that is full of whiney kids its cod that is regardless of format.