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World Cup 2011: Beware of fake offers

Don’t throw this world cup in favour of cyber criminals. Norton warns consumers against malicious attacks and fake offers around India’s favourite sporting event

Don't fall prey to malicious attacks and fake offers Photograph: GoogleDon't fall prey to malicious attacks and fake offers Photograph: Google

As cricket crazy fans wait for their
favourite sporting event – the cricket World Cup 2011 - cybercriminals are preparing their wicket to make money off innocent Indians. According to a release, Symantec has discovered that they are customizing their tricks with cricket-related offers to lure victims into parting with their money and personal information.

With cricket stadiums around the subcontinent running full and tickets for most matches selling like hot cakes, many fans are looking for other alternatives to experience the matches “live”. One scam that the Symantec Probe Network has detected involves a message inviting users to attend the final game of the World Cup 2011 in Mumbai. The invite offers multiple executive club facilities like a private table, a gourmet champagne brunch, and many more, for 10 guests. This may sound like an attractive deal; however, it is simply bait for cricket fans keen experience the thrill of the World Cup Final.

The release says, “In the past, we have observed spam and phishing attacks targeting cricket events such as the Indian Premier League and T20 World Cup. The countdown to the biggest cricketing spectacle has begun and we expect to see more sophisticated spam and phishing attacks related to the World Cup. It’s possible that during the course of the tournament, spam attacks will contain attachments that intend to distribute malware using fake video files purportedly showing highlights of the games,”

Although World Cup tickets are in high demand, the supply should always be from a legitimate source. Users are advised to refrain from clicking on such mails and opening attachments unless they are from authorized or official sources. The offers like these entice users to join the 2011 World Cup games where Spammer is the only winner. Symantec observed phishing attacks offering tickets to the World Cup as early as July 2010.

One phishing site spoofed a legitimate social networking site, claiming that entering login details would give users a chance to obtain free tickets. In the run-up to the actual even t, expect cybercriminals to employ sneakier and more deceitful methods to steal your money, your identity and reputation – from phony emails and fraudulent websites to malicious email attachments and online ads.

Here are some tips to prevent cyber criminals from walking away with the trophy this World Cup
• Don’t respond to emails that offer you attractive and free deals, unless you are confident that the offer is from an authentic source and well-known brand
•  Never respond to emails that announce prizes you supposedly won in sweepstakes and other competitions you never participated in
• Never give out your personal information and bank account credentials in response to any mail
• Don’t open suspicious emails or attachments
• Do not click on suspicious links in email messages.
• Type the domain name of your brand’s website directly into your browser’s address bar rather than following any link.


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