Don’t get caught by online World Cup scams

June 30, 2014 • Security, Top Stories

Kaspersky Lab

Misleading sites can often infect your mobile device or PC. (Image Source: Kaspersky Lab)

Football fans have found themselves looking for live streams of the World Cup on the internet recently. However, looking for live broadcasts on the Internet can cost money or leave a malicious programme on your computer.

Dmitry Bestuzhev at Kaspersky Lab, stated that: “We have noticed that when a search is undertaken on the Internet for live World Cup broadcasts, you will sometimes find purchased advertisements that lead to fraudulent or malicious content, which users must be aware of.”

Kaspersky Lab has identified a few examples of this, whereby when a user goes to the Website, it asks them to download a special ‘plugin’ available for all browsers. Internet users need to be aware of this, as instead of downloading the software needed to watch the on-line broadcast of the games, an Adware program, which may not show anything at all, is downloaded and will drain a computer’s resources.

Bestuzhev adds that, “The sites offer every football game, at any time. They promise high quality footage taken from the best cameras in the arenas. Of course, all credit cards are accepted. However, if you pay, you will just lose your money. Dubious and dishonest websites like these have no interest in playing by any rules.”

Additionally, Kaspersky Lab is seeing see a lot of new registered domain names containing words like “Fifa Live World Cup steaming 2014”. Kaspersky Lab believe most of them will be used for a malicious purpose.

“Cyber criminals, opportunists and other malicious individuals look for occasions like the World Cup, to exploit and catch people. They know this is the best time to cheat people, steal their money and infect their devices. We encourage avid fans to stay ahead of the game and do not fall into these social engineering traps. Use the best anti-malware protection and keep your wits about you when browsing and looking for the content,” concludes Bestuzhev.



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