Esports tournaments at risk from cyber security threats

Cyber security researchers have warned of the increasing threat to the Esports industry.

This week Trend Micro issued a report, Cheats, Hacks and Cyber attacks, looking at the threats posed to professional online games, tournaments and game companies.

According to the report, there’s “no doubt” the industry will be targeted by malicious actors including:

  • Unscrupulous players looking for advantages over their competitors, creating a market for game cheats in the underground
  • Hackers looking to profit by targeting vulnerable players, push targeted malware, launch distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against tournaments and more
  • Other types of threat actors looking to use Esports platforms for political or ideological reasons

Jason Davies

UK based technology professional, with an interest in computer security and telecoms.

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