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World Cup Cyberattack Likely, Experts Say

The majority of security professionals anticipate attacks on the 2018 FIFA World Cup's network, social media.

Nearly three quarters of security professionals think some type of cyberattack on the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup is a sure thing, a new study shows.

More than 70% of security pros surveyed by Lastline expect attackers to target network infrastructure of the World Cup, either via a denial-of-service (DDoS) or social media breach. The men's international soccer tournament, which kicks off tomororw, is being held for the first time in Russia.

Forty-four percent of security pros expect email surrounding the Cup to be in the bullseye, while 47% expect mobile to be at risk.

World Cup-themed spam is already flooding inboxes: Kaspersky Lab researchers this month spotted phishing emails and fake Web pages promising fake giveaways and ticket purchases - but instead aim to steal money and personal information.

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