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6/4/2018
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Phishing Scams Target FIFA World Cup Attendees

Soccer-themed emails and Web pages target fans with fake giveaways and the chance to snag overpriced, illegitimate 'guest tickets.'

Major sporting events attract fans and cybercriminals alike. Earlier this year, attackers targeted the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang; now their sights are on the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Soccer-related spam is ramping up ahead of the event, which begins in less than two weeks.

Kaspersky Lab researchers have identified phishing emails and fraudulent Web pages promising fake giveaways and the option to buy sought-after "guest tickets," which are both overpriced and likely to be unusable due to strict registration and transfer rules. Attackers are stealing both money and fans' private information, including credit card data they can sell for additional profit.

When World Cup tickets became available, the official FIFA website was overloaded and connectivity was poor, experts explain. Criminals used the window of opportunity to snatch up tickets with the goal of selling them to those who missed out. Hundreds of domains with wording related to the World Cup are offering tickets for up to ten times their actual cost, and there is no guarantee the resold tickets will work at the game: FIFA requires that each ticket is assigned to the holder's name.

Kaspersky Lab urges fans to only buy tickets from official sources and verify the website address and links while shopping. Further, fans shouldn't click links in emails, texts, or social media posts from people or organizations they don't know, or which seem suspicious.

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Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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6/4/2018 | 5:27:39 PM
Kaspersky Lab warning
"...shouldn't click links in emails, texts, or social media posts from people or organizations they don't know, or which seem suspicious."  How much safer the internet would be, if people weren't so lazy.  Sure, the easiest route is to click on provided links; but that's also the easiest route for the morally challenged to get you to do their bidding.  See something that might be interesting, important or to your advantage - bypass the link, and go to the (supposed), source directly.  It's a shame Kaspersky and others have to keep repeating this generic message. 

Speaking of Kaspersky Lab: they are holding an online summit 6/5/2018, via BrightTalk, on their transparency initiative, move to Switzerland, etc....  Find the link yourself! 
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