The Olympics are right around the corner, and the world will turn its attention to Rio de Janeiro for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad better known as the Summer Olympics in Rio.
Unfortunately, the cybercriminals know this and are getting ready for the Olympics as well.
Global sporting events like the Olympics are a favorite for cybercriminals. If you’re a cybercriminal looking for something you can use in spam, phishing or malicious social media campaigns, you can’t get much better than the Olympics. The Olympics are truly global in their appeal and so Olympic-themed cyberattacks are just as global in their appeal and effectiveness.
Think of it from the cybercriminal’s point of view: Super Bowl-themed attacks work in the United States, but nowhere else. World Cup-themed attacks work everywhere but the United States. But Olympic-themed cyberattacks work everywhere around the world, even in Antarctica where people are sure to be watching.
The good news is – cybercriminals are very predictable in their attacks using the Olympics as a lure.
The bad news is that they’re predictable because the same attacks work year after year. Like sharks, cybercriminals’ Olympic-themed attacks don’t evolve; they don’t need to.
Still, there’s no reason for you to fall victim to these attacks. Forewarned is forearmed as the saying goes.
So what can you do? Four things will help keep you safe this Olympic season: