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Cybercriminals Cashing In on FIFA World Cup-Themed Cyberattacks

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Types of FIFA World Cup-themed cyberattacks.

Said a CloudSEK researcher, “The gap between the supply and demand of FIFA World Cup game tickets, flight tickets, hotels, souvenirs, etc., has been co-opted by cybercriminals, to defraud fans and enthusiasts."

Credit: CloudSEK

The hype and popularity of the FIFA World Cup has attracted audiences from across the globe. And this, in turn attracts a variety of cybercriminals, who want to exploit the varied fan following, and the organizations participating, to make a quick buck.

Advanced persistent threat (APT) campaigns, phishing, credit card/cryptocurrency fraud, DDoS attacks, and identity theft are among the threats faced by organizations and audiences, CloudSEK reports. The cybercriminals are motivated by financial gain, ideology, or geo-political affiliations.

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