For all you sports fans out there February is going to be a great month, with the kick-off of the XXII Winter Olympic Games. It’ll be one of the most watched sporting tournaments of 2014, but like all high profile news events, from the Super Bowl to the holiday season sales, cyber criminals will also be primed and ready to leap into action. Typically they’ll use the heightened interest in the event to launch cyber-attacks aimed at defrauding their victims, stealing personal information, or even infecting users’ PCs and smartphones.
Trend Micro has been securing businesses and consumers for a quarter of a century and this year is no different, so we’ve been raising awareness about Sochi-related scams and threats. We even sent Senior Threat Researcher Kyle Wilhoit out to Russia to help NBC News identify the major risks facing visitors to the Games. You can watch the shocking report by Chief Foreign Correspondent, Richard Engel here.
Whether you’re planning on making a trip out to Sochi or, more likely, keen to follow the latest Olympics news online at home, it’s important to stay vigilant. Cyber criminals are likely to launch spam and phishing attacks, and even create fake Olympic-themed web sites and smartphone apps with the aim of delivering malware to infect your machine.
With that in mind, here are a few best practice tips for staying safe:
If you want to find out more about how to stay safe online in 2014, read Trend Micro’s newest guide: “7 Reasons Why Users Need To Rethink Security.”