Cybercriminals are looking to capitalise on the growing interest and enthusiasm around the Olympic games with several phishing scams which aim to impersonate the Olympics official website or associated partners. The cyber criminals and malware writers know that just about any subject line with the word "Olympic" in it is likely to be opened by a large proportion of recipients.
No global event is more in the public eye at the moment than the 2012 London Olympic Games. Many of these scam emails will contain malicious code rather than cut price tickets or other Olympic-themed products. For a company a successful phishing can have far reaching and costly consequences resulting in financial loss and loss of customer data.
We have detected and blocked a number of these kinds of Olympic phishing messages whose goal is to entice users to submit their personal information. It is expected that these phishing attacks will grow in number and become more targeted. Spear phishing.
These kinds of attacks will continue to exist as long as it is profitable and with growing numbers of people on the internet spammers have a growing market of millions of people for their spam. It’s purely a numbers game, the greater the market for the spammers the greater chance of a response and therefore the greater the reward.
To prevent these attacks, organisations need to remain vigilant and follow proven guidelines such as not clicking on links or attachments in unsolicited emails.
Remember if you receive notice that you’ve won a free Olympic ticket the chances are you haven’t and as always if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!.
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