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Cyber security firm: Surge in hacking attempts since Xbox One, PS4 launches

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Roughly a month after the launches of Sony and Microsoft next-gen consoles the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, one cyber security firm noted a large upswing in hacking attempts on the systems and PCs, according to a report today from GameSpot.

Kaspersky Lab, the cyber security firm consulting with Ubisoft on next-gen title Watch Dogs, told Consumer Affairs they’ve seen hacking attempts rise to an average of 34,000 per day.

"We've just seen two of the biggest console launches ever, with the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One," said Kaspersky Lab senior security researcher David Emm. "That means there will be more gamers for criminals to target, especially as the Sony and Microsoft machines increasingly use the Internet for a fuller gaming experience.”

Emm also advised gamers not to forget the PC, which he called the most popular gaming platform and a favorite target of “cyber crooks.”

For the year as a whole, Kaspersky said they’ve found 4.6 million pieces of malware geared toward video games for a variety of gaming systems.

In Spain alone they found 138,786 attacks so far in 2013.

Neither Sony nor Microsoft has given comment publicly about the hacking attempts on the Xbox One and PS4, according to the report.

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