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Online Gaming and Malware

Of the 137 million computer users, it is estimated that a quarter of them play some form of online game. In addition to the opportunities this opens up for cyber stalkers, it also creates a fertile ground for malware—malicious software that can do nasty things to your computer, including stealing your account information. We will discuss malware in greater depth in Chapter 11, "Phishing, Pharming, Spam, and Scams," but it is interesting that the majority of malware is found in China, where passwords are stolen surreptitiously to aid in identity theft and fraud. China has become a breeding ground for skilled programmers and code writers who cross the line from "hackers" to "crackers" (criminal hackers). The more sophisticated online gaming becomes, the more opportunities it presents for cyber crime to be committed.

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