Fake Minecraft updates pose threat to users

Updates are infecting thousands of PCs with viruses

Tech Desk September 11, 2022

After massive growth in the video game industry during the pandemic, game-related cyber threats and viruses are currently on a rise.

In a recent research report conducted by the antivirus software company Kaspersky, low-tech games with a wider audience are a common target of scammers.

As per their report, Minecraft was used for around a quarter (25%) of malicious files it detected. Minecraft topped the list of ‘TOP 5 PC games or game series used as bait in the attacks targeting the largest number of users' as well as ‘TOP 5 mobile games that served as a lure targeting the largest number of users.’

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Although the number of scams against Minecraft dropped by 36% compared to the previous year (23,239 against 36,336), the game is still a strong target of cyber threats.

As per the anti-virus software Kaspersky, from phishing scams to malware downloads, gamers should be mindful of possible cyber threats.


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