During the Euro2012 football tournament, McAfee issued a report listing the ‘most dangerous football team’, i.e. a collection of football players whose names, when searched on the internet, gave the highest possibility of accidentally downloading malware.
Now the Olympics is here, the potential for similar dangerous web searches coming up again is a very real threat. With the Olympics being markedly bigger than Euro 2012, McAfee have urged internet users to be very careful with their PCs, laptops and mobile phones. During big tournaments such as these, cyber criminals like to use an exciting event to try to compromise the safety of more computers.
McAfee have expressed particular concern for mobile phones. Apps are a particularly popular way of targeting those people looking for ways to connect with big events. Anyone can put up apps and encourage people to download, so many cyber criminals find this an easy way to target users.
Other cyber criminals might lure users in by saying that they can buy cheap or free tickets to Olympic events, but instead the link that they send directs the user to a website where malware is downloaded onto their computer. During an event like the Olympics, with thousands of people wanting tickets, there are many chances for cyber criminals to play on people’s desires to see the Games.
McAfee and other security firms urge users to make sure their antivirus software updates are downloaded, and that they are wary of links sent to them or found in searches that promise things that seem too good to be true. This is true any time of the year, but will be particularly pertinent when Olympic fever grips the world.
Guest Article by Sophie Camp