01 Jun 2010
World Cup becomes major threat to internet security
The Better Business Bureau and several other consumer advocate and internet security organizations have released warnings to their users and the general public about web-based scams related to the World Cup, which begins in South Africa on June 11.
The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) reported a foreign lottery scam conducted through email that offered an all-expenses paid trip to the event for a randomly selected winner. Users that filled out the form attached to the email reported stolen credit card information and other compromises as well as malware attacks. Other reported scams included a World Cup travel guide attached in an email as a PDF file, which was actually a computer virus.
"Soccer is an extremely popular sport and with the World Cup around the corner, we are seeing the foreign lottery scam making a comeback," Kim States, BBB president, told the news provider.
In 2010, cyber criminals have exploited countless events of great public interest to conduct internet security attacks. February's Olympic Games and the Haitian earthquake of January 13 were among the events, as cyber criminals used both fake donation scams and malware attacks to capitalize on their popularity.