Reports of world cup related spam is increasing throughout the internet as researchers identify phishing emails and fraudulent web pages.
Targeting fans with fake giveaways and the chance to grab illegitimate guest tickets, attackers are able to steal both money and private information, including credit card data.
According to Kaspersky Lab, when the original match tickets became available, the official FIFA website was overloaded and connectivity was poor.
This enabled hackers to snatch up tickets while hundreds of websites now sell them at inflated prices, with no guarantee of legitimacy.
According to Securelist.com: “Every time tickets went on sale, fraudsters mailed out spam and activated clones of official FIFA pages and sites offering fake giveaways allegedly from partner companies.”
A primary type of email fraud involves the false notification that recipients have won lotteries supposedly held by official partners and sponsors.
The recipient is then asked for a host of details including a small sum to pay for postage or bank transfer fees.
Unfortunately the emails also come with malicious attachments, such as Trojan-Banker programs.
What’s more, Kaspersky Lab has also found that no less than 20% of Wi-Fi hotspots in host cities have cybersecurity issues; totalling 7,176.
The researchers said that: “The top-three cities with the highest proportion of unsecured connections are Saint Petersburg (48% of Wi-Fi access points are unsecured), Kaliningrad (47%) and Rostov (44%)."
The lab advises that people connect to the internet using a secure connect, looking out for HTTPS in their device settings.