Earlier this year, Kaspersky researchers covered the threats related to gaming, and looked at the changes from 2020 and the first half of 2021 in mobile and PC games as well as various phishing schemes that capitalize on video games. Many of the threats faced by gamers are associated with loss of personal data, and particularly, accounts with various gaming services.
This tendency is not unique to PC or mobile games or to the gaming industry as a whole. Nevertheless, as games offer users plenty of in-game goodies and even feature their own currencies, gaming accounts are of particular interest to cybercriminals.
In this report, we take a closer look at threats linked to loss of accounts with popular video game digital distribution services, such as Steam and Origin. We also explore the kind of game-related data that ends up on the black market and the prices.