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14 Mar 2010  

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
Hackers Not Playing Games With Gaming Sites.

Cybersecurity is a serious issue for any online business, but for online gaming companies it's doubly so.
customer data, Internet gaming companies can be damaged by cyber attacks in a broader variety of ways than other companies.

Beyond issues of data protection, which are similar for any company that handles

Online retailers for example may suffer financially when they get hacked or hit with a denial of service attack, but damage to physical assets is likely to be insulated from online threats.

For operators of online games, however, hackers threaten not only revenue and user trust, but user experience and the intellectual property -- game source code -- upon which the business is built.

The ongoing exploitation of game bugs for fraud and cheating can be compared to altering so that links don't work, pages don't load, and recommendations don't fit users -- the result is a poor user experience that can drive customers away and limit both immediate and future revenue.
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