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Defending World Cup fans from virtual pick-pockets

Being one of the world’s most popular sporting events, the FIFA World Cup has attracted a lot of cyber criminals looking to defraud soccer fans. Trend Micro is constantly monitoring these attacks and is providing information about them through its online resource centre.

Trend Micro is working to help defend against cyber threats related to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. Since its kick off on June 12, global attention has been and will now be focused on Brazil and one of the most popular sporting events.

Trend Micro has created an online resource to help World Cup fans and attendees with tools and information they can use to protect themselves from cybercriminals looking to exploit victims and carry out schemes and tricks.

Our objective is to help ensure the world will not have its virtual pockets picked by cybercriminals,” said Raimund Genes, CTO, Trend Micro. “We are here to monitor the globe for threats specific to the World Cup.

Information about these threats will be provided to the public via the online resource center to help protect World Cup fans against cybercriminals. The resource center offers the most current information on the latest threats detected by Trend Micro’s threat defense experts and includes tips on what to avoid when receiving World Cup related offers, purchasing merchandise, email threats and malware disguised as videos or news stories. The resource center also offers free software to help protect your computer or mobile device from malware and other threats.

Another feature of the security resource center is a quiz helping visitors determine what kind of sports fan they are and what online threats they are most likely to encounter based on a profile developed through the quiz. For example a visitor may find they are a “loyal supporter” who is a likely target for thieves when purchasing their favorite team’s merchandise online: or a “curious observer” who is keeping up with the World Cup casually but may fall victim of search result fraud as they seek out the latest information on the tournament.

A blog post containing a roundup of World Cup-related threats seen so far can be viewed here: TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog.

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