Phishers and Scammers Target – World Cup Brazil 2014

World Cup Brazil 2014 – Phishers and Scammers Target

FIFA World Cup 2014 is a worldwide phenomenon that is on everyone’s lips these days. It started on June 12th and even if you are not a soccer fan you must have heard about it. The popularity of the tournament is what makes it a top priority for cyber criminals. There are quite a few phishing and scamming strategies that hackers use on order to make money off of unsuspecting fans. That is why you should be especially careful with World cup related content.

If you want to find the latest information about the World Cup you should stick to official websites. Hackers have been creating webpages that look legitimate, but in reality are nothing but a way to attract computer users and steal their personal data. It has been reported that searching for particular information related to soccer players may also lead you to corrupted websites. Cyber criminals have created various webpages that claim to be present you with photos and videos of your favorite players. Searching for Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Iker Casillas has proven to be especially risky. Landing on a corrupted site could lead you to the loss of personal details or malware downloads.


Another common scamming method is spam e-mails. Computer users receive e-mails that claim they have won World Cup tickets or merchandise. Other messages invite you to see the highlights of the games. Whatever it is do not open the attachments or click on the links if the e-mail sender is not familiar to you. Instead of downloading the so-called tickets you will be installing malware onto your PC that will steal your financial details. If you click on a corrupted link you may be tricked into sharing your private data or you could also download a malicious program that will be disguised as a software update. The way to avoid these attacks is simple: do not trust unfamiliar and unreliable sources. If you want to see videos or other content related to the tournament look for websites that are affiliated with World Cup as they are the only ones you can be absolutely sure of.

Soccer fans who are actually at the World Cup in Brazil are exposed to a few more online threats. One of those threats are unsafe Wi-Fi spots. If you connect to a hacked Wi-Fi network it is possible to lose personal details like logins and passwords. A similar method of stealing data from your devices is fake charging points that can also upload malware onto your tablet or smartphone. Therefore you should only use the spots that are trustworthy.


Avoiding online attacks may seem complicated at times, but if you use the following tips you should be able not to fall a victim to a virtual scam and enjoy FIFA World Cup 2014 to its fullest. First of all, be especially careful with World Cup related e-mail messages and stay away from any links or attachments presented in them no matter how good the offer may seem. Do not enter your personal information especially related to your credit card details on unfamiliar webpages. In some cases even the ‘https’ websites that should be secure in fact belong to cyber criminals. And, most importantly, install a reliable anti-malware tool (e.g. Spyhunter)  on your PC that will be able to inform you about the dangerous and unsafe content and prevent cyber criminals from gaining access to your device.

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