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Windows 7: Hackers Not Playing Games With Gaming Sites.

14 Mar 2010   #1
JMH

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

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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 Amazon.com 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.
Source -
http://www.darkreading.com/security/...77&cid=RSSfeed

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16 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

I think Jagex (Runescape Founder) has had many DOS attacks. I don't remember where I read this, nor do I remember if it was a reliable source, since this was a bit while ago for me to remember. Some users were really complaining that they're info could have been stolen, especially when Jagex uses credit card information for their game subscriptions.
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17 Mar 2010   #3

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
in the "Old days" this simply used to be called DoS (Denial of Service) types of attacks -- OK these newer methods don't actually PREVENT a service from being delivered but dissatisfies the users experience so it in effect amounts to the same thing rather more easily than by just merely overloading the servers.

It's actually easier to do this and harder to trace than the old DoS attacks too.

So nothing essentially new here other than using a SIMPLER harder to block technology.

Of course as well as losing customers for the LEGITIMATE site a bigger concern is that user data could be compromised - especially if a "hidden" website or process was inserted stealing users logon and Credit Card information.

If I were a proper hacker though I'd want to keep the site running -- I'd just be interested in getting the users login and other data. It wouldn't be in my interests to actually get the original site to LOSE customers since more customers means more potentially profitable data to steal.

Cheers
jimbo
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