JUST IN: DreamHack Partners with Akamai Technologies for DreamHack Summer

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DreamHack has announced it will partner with Akamai Technologies at DreamHack Summer 2019 in Jönköping, Sweden, to share data security insights and analysis of the threat landscape for the global gaming and esports industry. Akamai will be supporting DreamHack’s B2B initiatives at DreamHack Summer — both parties have intentions to work closely on upcoming events. This year’s DreamHack Summer — June 15-17 — will again be home to everything gaming under one roof as it expects to welcome approximately 50,000 visitors.

According to the Akamai 2019 State of the Internet / Security Web Attacks and Gaming Abuse Report, hackers have targeted the gaming industry by carrying out 12 billion credential stuffing attacks against gaming websites within the 17-month period analyzed in the report (November 2017 – March 2019). Credential Stuffing is an emerging threat that is also criminally lucrative, a new form of attack to accomplish account takeover through automated web injection. It is related to the breaching of databases, and both attack formats accomplish account takeover. This puts the gaming community among the fastest rising targets for credential stuffing attacks.

“One reason we believe the gaming industry is an attractive target for hackers is because criminals can easily exchange in-game items for profit,” said Martin McKeay, Security Researcher at Akamai and Editorial Director of the ‘State of the Internet / Security Report.’ “Furthermore, gamers are a niche demographic known for spending money, so their financial status is also a tempting target.”

In one example of these attacks, criminals target popular games looking for valid accounts and unique skins — which are used to change the appearance of an item in a video game. Once a player’s account is successfully hacked, these items can then be traded or sold for profit.

“DreamHack is a major influencer in the video game industry through our 15 global events that will welcome approximately 400,000 visitors in 2019. But we also have tens of millions of viewers and gamers tuning in online, or try to qualify in our online tournaments,” said DreamHack Co-CEO Marcus Lindmark. “Together, with Akamai, we want to lift these questions around online data security and instead help secure the continued growth and success of esports and gaming in a market where threats are increasing and attackers are getting smarter every day. Akamai is a trusted partner in the space and an ideal partner for DreamHack.”