Security in Online Games: Current Implementations and Challenges

  • Reza M. Parizi
  • Ali DehghantanhaEmail author
  • Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo
  • Mohammad Hammoudeh
  • Gregory Epiphaniou


Security in online gaming is a growing target for hackers due to the amount of money involved in online gaming. Components are used in the security measures implemented for these games, but no single security component is 100% effective. Our research aims to investigate methods of game security and the components used in them, as well as the hacks used to exploit and circumvent online gaming security mechanisms. As a result, our study arrives to some interesting points, and outlines a number of recommendations and potential research directions. This, in turn, can pave the way for facilitating and empowering future research in this domain to assist game engineers and testers in security management.


Online game Security Game data Data privacy Hacking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reza M. Parizi
    • 1
  • Ali Dehghantanha
    • 2
    Email author
  • Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo
    • 3
  • Mohammad Hammoudeh
    • 4
  • Gregory Epiphaniou
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Software Engineering and Game DevelopmentKennesaw State UniversityMariettaUSA
  2. 2.Cyber Science Lab, School of Computer ScienceUniversity of GuelphGuelphCanada
  3. 3.Department of Information Systems and Cyber SecurityThe University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA
  4. 4.School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUK
  5. 5.Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute (WCRI), School of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of WolverhamptonWolverhamptonUK

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