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Cybercriminals Ramp Up Activity Ahead of 2014 World Cup 90

Posted by samzenpus
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wiredmikey (1824622) writes With the FIFA World Cup 2014 kicking off this week in Brazil, cybercriminals and scammers are working hard to take advantage of visitors to the World Cup in Brazil and those following the world soccer tournament online. In recent months, several security vendors have published advisories about the various scams, phishing and malware operations that target Internet users interested in the World Cup. While individuals from all over the world have been targeted, many of the malicious campaigns focus on Brazil and neighboring South American countries. While news that cybercriminals are zoning in on a large global event is no surprise, the scale and tactics being used is quite wide in scope, ranging from malware distribution and phishing scams, to fraudulent ticket sales, spam and other promising yet fraudulent schemes.For those visiting Brazil to watch the games in person, the cyber threats also include rogue wireless access points, ATMs rigged with card skimmers and Point-of-Sale malware.
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Cybercriminals Ramp Up Activity Ahead of 2014 World Cup

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  • by nimbius (983462) on Thursday June 12, 2014 @03:21AM (#47220241) Homepage

    I mean im sure its a huge problem that people like fans and ticketholders are going to be targeted, but customers have always enjoyed being the target of crime. The real issue is that we decided to bring one of the most expensive, prestigious sports competitions with an array of elaborate infrastructure requirements and expsnsive hosting obligations to a country with a 25% poverty rate and epidemic levels of child starvation and violent crime. Sure it makes Brazillian politicians and the cloistered elite feel special but when you factor the average brazillian into the equation it was a pretty god damn wreckless decision to take two billion out of their economy and piss it away on a single sports event.

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