Promptly at the time of World Cup 2014 in Brazil, the hackers have started attacking Football fans all over the world as central targets of their attacks. They promise free live football streams, tickets for Brazil World Cup 2014 matches and a free version of the popular computer game FIFA 14 and infect sincere football fans with nasty viruses and trojans.
The security experts have warned about Brazil’s lack of infrastructure and know-how to cope with the increasing computer attacks. The cyber criminals are currently distibuting a file named as (Sport Live + Brazil World Cup 2014 HD.rar) which is a software that promises free live streams of Football World Cup matches but in reality it is a malware which provides hackers the full access to the victim’s computer. The hackers are also sending several FIFA-related spam/phishing e-mails and making hundreds of fake-websites directed at fans, who are curious to obtain the game tickets or want to enjoy watching football matches online. These bogus websites are specially built and professionally designed websites by cyber criminals who are offering last-minute tickets for Football World Cup matches 2014, but in the background, these hackers tap only credit card numbers and personal data of Football world cup fans.
The players of famous football game “FIFA 14” are also a central-target for football world cup hackers. According to the TrendMicro security experts, the attackers are distributing a key generator for those players, who have downloaded a pirated copy of FIFA-14 game to their PC’s. However, this generator is not what it pretends to be and makes users upload Football Trojan Virus etc. to their computer to steal their persoal data.
These cyber crminals have other special targets as well. A hacker who calls himself as “Che Commodore” and belongs to “anonymous” hacker group told reuters this , “We had a busy last few days and there is more still to come. Companies and institutions that work with a government that denies the basic rights of its people in order to promote a private, exclusive and corrupt sports event will be targeted”.
Mr. Oliveira, from american security firm Blue Coat said, “Brazil is a big target, it’s neutral and has a challenging infrastructure. It’s the perfect storm.”
Hackers have also threatened to attack FIFA Sponsers and also claim to have carried out attacks against many Brazilian websites, the FIFA corporate sponsor Hyundai and Brazil’s intelligence agency.