It’s the time again when the greatest soccer teams in the world collide to determine a champion. The 2014 World Cup is this summer and with it comes 90-minutes of intense soccer action, patriotism, flopping, hacktivism, scams and spam. The World Cup is big news and because of it scammers, spammers and criminals will take advantage of the event to get you to click on malicious links or sign up for services you don’t want. They do this by offering free tickets, prizes and various other free things. Be wary of clicking on links both here at work and on home on your computing devices. Nothing is ever free, especially on the internet and if you decide to explore one of these malicious links or scams you’re likely to end up with something other than free access to one of the greatest sporting events in the world.
For more on the subject I would highly recommend eSecurity Planet’s article How to Avoid FIFA World Cup Cyber Threats by Jeff Goldman. The article is not only good advice for handling scams during the World Cup, but any other big events scammers and criminals are likely to take advantages of.
Also, for Android users, be wary of World Cup apps. Several apps have been found to contain malware on them that steals data, pushes ads or runs up premium service charges. For more on that check out the Security Affairs blog and the Fake Versions of World Cup 2014 Apps targeting Android users post.