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Symantec has released a report on the status of cybercrime in Latin countries. The results are not encouraging, especially with the World Cup about to kick off in Rio de Janeiro. The tournament has been marked as a cybercriminal target. Viewers and attendees are both at risk of being tricked by phishing scams and malware infection.
Brazil Cybercrime Status
Almost 50% of Brazilians enjoy Internet connectivity. But less than 10% have broadband connections. This means that most people in Brazil access the Internet through public WiFi. Public WiFi is notoriously dangerous to use. Most of these hotspots are open to anyone and therefore have no passwords or encryption. And with the FIFA World Cup games about to begin, the situation is worse. Many more residents will be using the Internet to see the games they can’t watch in person. And many tourists who are in the country to see the games will be doing the same. Plus, hackers will be spoofing legitimate WiFi connections to gain access to users’ computers. For a few days before until most especially a few days after the matches, it is predicted that Brazil will be a hotbed of cybercriminal activity.
The World Cup games themselves has also been specifically targeted by at least one hacker group, Anonymous. The official websites of FIFA have received threats, and so have the games’ sponsors. Symantec has reported that hackers have already ensnared users through websites posing as financial organizations and gateways. These can be debit or credit card operators or online banks and payment processors. Internet users will be enticed by free tickets to a match or asked to enter their personal information to be able to purchase seats. Through these means, hackers can steal card details, tax credentials and other sensitive information. The fake websites often infect users’ computers with malware like Trojans that give cybercriminals complete access to the users’ systems.
Visitors and viewers of the 2012 Summer Olympics, and the recent Winter Olympics suffered a similar rash of cybercrime. Many who were not using secure Internet connections fell victim to many hacker schemes. Security experts hope that people will learn from that and take better precautions this time. Major sporting events are prime targets for cybercriminal elements.
World Cup VPN for Cybersecurity
To remain secure during the games, people need World Cup VPN protection. Anyone connecting to the Internet for any match-related activities needs to have the extra security that a World Cup VPN can provide. This means quality private tunneling for their traffic so the contents of the stream cannot be known. Their IP addresses will be hidden so they cannot be tracked and led to malicious websites. A World Cup VPN will also give them encryption that will keep the data packets that they send and receive secret. All of these activities need to be connected to the World Cup VPN at all times to prevent leaks that can make users the victims of phishing and other scams.
Many people who want to watch the matches live in countries where there is no official streaming of the games. Many of them will be using streaming services via a World Cup VPN to catch the feed. But hackers are also launching scams to fool users into revealing their personal information. One popular scam is spoofing Netflix sites and sending users a fake error message. Users will be frustrated because they want to watch a match and will not be thinking that this is an attack. A World Cup VPN will prevent these users from being tracked and targeted in these types of scams.
Apart from continuously using a World Cup VPN during the games, Internet users also need to be more careful. They must be careful not to open any strange emails that contain links and offers that are too good to be true. They also need to make sure that they have good professional antivirus software to protect their computers in case they click on a malicious link by accident. World Cup VPNs and basic safe surfing practices can keep fans safe so they can freely enjoy the matches.