04 Feb 2011

Super Sunday will be targeted by cyber criminals

With the Super Bowl approaching, security experts are warning that online threats and cyber criminals will be out in force for the big game.

According to an internet security company, internet users can expect more aggressive threats, scams and malware activity due to the increased football fan-related ads and commercials.

With increased use of social media, experts anticipate fake ads targeting young males on popular forums and sites. The “drive-by attack” inserts a link in a video ad, and takes the unsuspecting user to suspicious and malicious websites.

“Whenever there is a major event, like Super Sunday, we see this kind of increased activity,” said Stephanie Edwards, vice president of worldwide sales and marketing of an internet security company. “Fans and TV audiences want to enjoy the game while surfing game and commercials-related websites. They need protection software that’s simple, effective and affordable.”

According to a comScore survey, two-thirds of respondents intend to log onto the internet on Super Bowl Sunday to research players, teams and game-related topics. A majority - 73 percent - said they would log on before the game began, while 32 percent would log on during the game.