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Your PlayStation 4 and Xbox One aren’t safe, claims security specialist

The Internet is a dangerous place, and it turns out the Internet is on gaming machines now.

Above: The Internet is a dangerous place, and it turns out the Internet is on gaming machines now.

Image Credit: Trend Micro

Correction: This article originally featured an infographic that claimed the Kinect for Xbox One is “always on” without noting that owners of the console have the power to turn it off whenever they choose. We’ve updated this story, and we apologize for publishing the misleading information.

You shouldn’t feel safe when you’re playing a game. You might turn to your PlayStation 4 or another console to get away from the evils of the world, but you’re just as much at risk for identity theft or worse thanks to your gaming hobby … at least according to the security experts at Trend Micro.

The company has collected a number of alarming facts and figures related to gaming and proprietary hardware. Thanks to companies like Target and Michaels, we know that the world is full of people who want our identities and credit-card information. We also know that black markets on the Web are selling thousands of credit card numbers stolen from any number of unauthorized breaches. Since consoles often rely on a similar architecture to the rest of the web, they are also vulnerable.

The company released an infographic that compiles notable hacks relating to games. It includes the famous PlayStation Network failure that saw criminals get their hands on information from 70 million accounts. Trend Micro also points out that hackers made 23,000 unauthorized logins into Club Nintendo, the company’s rewards website, in July alone. The tech company includes all of that and more in the graphic at the bottom of the page.

Of course, Trend Micro sells a number of software, hardware, and service products that protect your passwords, identity, and information. So, naturally, it isn’t shying away from spooking consumers a bit about their security, but with the recent Heartbleed bug affecting huge Internet companies like Google, it’s clear that nothing is really secure online.

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