According to Norton Cyber Safety Insights Report: Special Release – Gaming & Cybercrime, conducted by The Harris Poll, a majority of 81 percent of Indian gamers lose an average of ₹7,894 to cyberattacks. In the survey, 703 Indian adults who play online games were considered.
Out of this number, 75 percent of the surveyed adults have experienced a cyberattack on their gaming account. Further, the survey also shows how 35 percent have had malicious software detected on their gaming device and 29 percent had detected unauthorized access on their online gaming account.
It was estimated that over 6 in 10 Indian gamers picked up the activity while in lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other gamers have also stated that their time spent on gaming had increased since the start of the pandemic.
Another surprising discovery was that gamers were even willing to take actions that could affect their security and others if it meant that they got a competitive advantage. As per the research, 2 in 5 gamers, i.e. 42 percent, were likely to hack into a friend, lover, or family member’s account if they knew it would give them an edge over the other.
“Our report reveals that online gaming is not all about fun and games. In the virtual field, we must take precautions to protect the information we share, to avoid becoming vulnerable to cyberattacks.
With online gaming, come concerns including hidden fees and in-game currency, characters, or other items being lost or stolen, as our survey showed to be the case for over half of respondents (fees, 60%; in-game items, 58%).
In these challenging times, it is crucial to stay updated and aware of the threats that can compromise your safety and privacy in this complex digital world,” said Ritesh Chopra, Director of Sales and Field Marketing, India & SAARC Countries, NortonLifeLock.
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Around 56 percent of the Indian gamers admitted that they would likely exploit a loophole or a bug in a game if it gave them an advantage. The survey also showed that over 2 in 5 wouldn’t mind paying to take possession of another user’s account, install cheats into their gaming account, or hack into a random player’s gaming account.
As the world moves to a more digital state, cyber security becomes increasingly important. For all gamers out there, it is best to safeguard your account security details and not reveal them to anyone.
Donna Amo is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She is a graduate from Sophia College of Women, Mumbai with a degree in English Literature. When this October born foodie is not writing content or poetry, she spends her time laughing at memes or watching series. Based out of Mizoram, she is drawn to all things nature and has a soft spot for puppies.
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