Gaming sites are lucrative targets for hackers. Why? So often gamers play for hard-earned financial prizes. Hackers will frequently download malware onto these sites that mine gamers' account information and login credentials, as well as credit card information. That trend was evident in an attack in which hackers infiltrated the Sony PlayStation Web site to install malware by enticing users to download and pay for phony software.
Attackers are also not above hijacking sites and taking control of the gamers' accounts, and then threatening to delete the gamers' profile or set their score back to zero if certain financial demands are not met. Many gamers feel compelled to pay out or risk losing their winnings.