A gaming hacker is someone who focuses his hacking efforts on competitors in the gaming world. In the conditions of the boom of the gaming industry, it is not surprising that as a result, its own specialized category of gaming hackers appeared. Professional gamers can spend thousands of US dollars on high-performance hardware and gaming credits, and hackers usually conduct their attacks in an attempt to steal competitors’ credit caches or cause distributed denial-of-service DDoS attacks to take them out of the game.

Motives: Compromise gaming competitors

Who is most at risk? High-end gamers

14. Botnets: Large-scale hackers
Botnet hackers are malware developers who create huge networks of bots to carry out large–scale attacks from as many devices as possible, usually targeting routers, cameras and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Bots search for unprotected devices (or devices that still have default credentials configured) in order to infiltrate them. Botnets can be used directly by the hacker who created them, but they are also often available for purchase on the “shadow” Internet (Dark Web) so that other hackers can also use them for money.

Motives: Jeopardize a large volume of network systems

Who is most at risk? Home users with unsecured routers and devices connected to Wi-Fi

The continuous evolution of the modern cyber space means that an increasing amount of information is available on the Internet, and therefore there are countless types of hackers who want to get it and use it. Although the intentions of each hacker are different, the danger they pose to your data remains the same. One of the easiest steps you can take to protect yourself from hackers and potential attacks is to use a reliable antivirus.