7 cybercrime trends to watch during the 2014 World Cup

Security

by Jimmy Nicholls| 12 June 2014

Beat the hackers in Brazil.

The FIFA World Cup has been targeted by cyber attacks which threaten the tournament.

For the wary fan the key thing is not to become a victim yourself, so here are the seven biggest threats to customers and companies alike during the Brazilian tournament.

1) Ticket scamming

Customers of a Brazilian ticket website were treated to fake raffle emails linking them to Trojan files, in a scam discovered by security firm Trend Micro. What was impressive about the messages is that they contained many customer details, including addresses, gender and birth dates - although the ticket vendors insist it did not come from their system.

"Banking Trojans are popular in the Latin American region so this threat seems rather timely considering the World Cup fever," said Fernando MercĂŞs, senior threat researcher at Trend Micro. He added that the Brazilian legal framework on data protection is pretty lax, with companies not even obliged to inform their customers about data breaches. As such customers must be sure to check where they are surfing is legitimate.

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