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ReasonLabs Warns Malicious "Grand Theft Auto V" and "World of Warcraft" Knock-Offs Can Distribute Malware Through Torrent Files

ReasonLabs, known for providing home users with top cyber protection, has unveiled its comprehensive annual data report titled "The State of Consumer Cybersecurity 2024." This report, stemming from the company's Threat Intelligence Center, offers a thorough analysis of the digital threats landscape of 2023, spotlighting emerging threats, key trends, and significant data points from its user base spanning across 180 countries.

The report presents a stark reality: Most home internet users, irrespective of their geographic location or socioeconomic background, are inadequately equipped with cybersecurity measures to defend themselves and their families against a growing array of sophisticated digital threats.

Key Findings of 2023

  • Trojans, malicious programs disguised as legitimate software, topped the list of threats for home users, constituting 41.4% of all global detections.

  • In the United States, phishing emerged as the dominant browser-based threat, with RAV Online Security attributing 56.7% of all detections to these deceptive scams.

  • Intriguingly, popular games "Grand Theft Auto V" and "World of Warcraft" were identified as primary vehicles for malware distribution through torrent files.

  • Russia faced significant cybersecurity challenges, with 25% of its users encountering or downloading malicious web extensions.

  • Europe saw a notable increase in cyber attacks, with 25% of the top 20 'Most Attacked Countries' of the year being European, more than double the previous year's figure.

Executive Insights on the Growing Cyber Threat

Kobi Kalif, CEO and co-founder of ReasonLabs, expressed concern over the evolving nature of cyber threats, especially for home users who are increasingly dependent on the internet. "As cyber attackers continue to become more advanced, and as home users spend more and more time connected to the internet, the threats posed by bad actors online have become all too prevalent," he remarked.

Kalif emphasized the importance of the annual research report as an educational tool for consumers. "Our goal in releasing our annual research report is to educate consumers on not just the risks that exist today, but offer advice and best practices for users looking to implement more proactive measures that prevent cyber attacks in the future."

Looking Ahead

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, the findings of the report serve as a crucial reminder of the persistent and growing cyber threats facing home users globally. It underscores the need for increased awareness and proactive cybersecurity measures to protect against these evolving digital dangers.

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