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Kaspersky Lab offers online gaming safety tips

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Kaspersky Lab is set to exhibit and provide insight to avid online gaming fans on crucial security at the 2011 rAge Expo, taking place from the 30th September to the 2 October 2011 in Johannesburg.

Eugene Kaspersky, Founder of Kaspesky Lab

According to Nielsen in the US, online gaming accounts for 10.2% of time spent on the Web,  says Sergey Golovanov, Malware Expert at Kaspersky Lab.

“Such a statistic certainly provides proof to the fact the online gaming is a growing industry that, in our experience, turns over impressive revenues each year. The world of online gaming moves very quickly across countries – each year new and exciting games are released and the army of players continues to develop. And as with any online action that shows high activity and growth, the online gaming world has become an attractive one to cybercriminals – evident by the recent hack of a popular gaming console which proved detrimental.”

In its May 2011 spam report, Kaspersky reported that 4.67% of all phishing emails that occurred were intended to steal passwords for the popular free online game RuneScape. As a result, this platform made its debut in the top 10, straight in at number 3 – way ahead of Warcraft which is the most popular online game in the world. And this is just one example. Kaspersky Lab has noticed that online games nowadays are of more interest to cybercriminals than social networking sites such as Facebook – which is certainly a startling realisation that the company emphasises requires action.

“Despite this, often consumed by the excitement of the game itself, many online gamers do not realise the crucial importance of effective security around gaming, and it is with this exact premise in mind that Kaspersky Lab continues to support the rAge expo – as it is a well respected technology event that provides the perfect platform to engage with gamers to educate and offer the insight needed to ensure a safe and uninterrupted gaming experience,” says Golovanov.

The Kaspersky Lab exhibition stand will be situated at stand M of the rAge expo floor. Kaspersky ‘Virus Assassins’ will be available throughout the event to provide crucial insight into effective security measures for online gaming fans and visitors will also have the opportunity to test any Kaspersky Lab product they wish. What’s more two VIP tickets to the Formula 1 in Sao Paulo in November are also up for grabs. More details will be available at the Kaspersky stand at the Expo.

“Security education across industries remains a key focus for Kaspersky Lab. We have identified the gaming industry as a sector that remains fruitful among cybercriminals and are proud to be a part of this event, as it allows us the opportunity to educate and make an important and beneficial difference to the world of online gaming,” concludes Golovanov.

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