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Published on November 16th, 2021 | by Adrian Gunning

NEWS: 2 in 5 Aussie gamers have experienced a cyberattack, Norton study finds

Norton, global leader in consumer cyber safety, has today unveiled new findings from a global study on gaming and cybercrime. The new study finds that more than 2 in 3 Australian gamers (69%) say that they would never fall for a gaming scam and nearly half (49%) agree that they don’t give much thought, if any, to the security of their gaming devices.

Perhaps as a result of this overconfidence and misjudgement of risk, more than 2 in 5 gamers in Australia (42%) have experienced some form of attack to their gaming account, most commonly:

  • detecting malicious software on a gaming device (16%)
  • detecting unauthorized access to an online gaming account (14%)
  • having a gaming account stolen (13%).

It’s no surprise then, to hear that gamers are engaging in risky behaviours online such as:

  • Commonly using the same username (55%) or password (52%) for more than one gaming account
  • Sharing sensitive personal information while playing a game online (38%)
  • Using public Wi-Fi to play games online (33%)

But some gamers are readily admitting to taking actions that could compromise their online security, simply to gain a competitive advantage. Australian gamers say that, to gain a competitive advantage, they would:

  • Consider paying an in-game one-off or monthly fee (45%)
  • Exploit a loophole or bug in the game (43%)
  • Pay for modification software to the game (40%)

About the Author'

Adrian lives in Melbourne Australia and has a huge passion for gaming, technology and pop culture. He recently finished his a Bachelor of Journalism and is currently focusing on games journalism. When not writing and playing video games, Adrian can be found in Comics 'R' Us debating the pros of the DC Universe and cons of the Marvel Universe.

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