Opinion: World Cup fans are the latest to be targeted by cyber criminals

July 11, 2014

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As rival football teams battle it out in this year’s World Cup, cyber criminals have their eyes on a different goal – to cash in on this global distraction at any opportunity.

Information Systems Lecturer, Dr Nik Thompson investigates how cyber criminals exploited the public’s enthusiasm for the most watched and most profitable sporting event in the world in his latest piece in The Conversation.

In the run up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as many as 50 fraudulent websites were shut down daily in Brazil alone. Links to fraudulent websites were spread by spam campaigns sending billions of spam messages daily to dupe unwitting fans into opening links which lead to fake ticket websites, cash giveaways and attempts to steal personal data.

According his research, 69.8% of the world’s total email traffic is spam and Dr Thompson believes the public have grown so accustomed to ignoring the problem that few actually understand where spam originates, or realise that they themselves might be spammers.

So how do underground criminals successfully operate a computer network large enough to send out 200 billion email messages per day?

Read the full article.

Comments (One response)

Gloria Sideria Machado July 11, 2014

Hi Nik
Great article!
And yes there were a few problems with ticketing in Brasil and some are now in prison (Bangu, RJ). Feel sorry for them!


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