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Scammers offer streaming services, giveaways and fake cyber currencies to participate in the Olympics

According to Kaspersky’s analysis, cybercriminals are even more creative with the latest campaigns designed to collect credentials.

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Kaspersky experts analyzed Olympic phishing attacks and found fake pages offering streaming services, tickets for unattended events, and even fake Olympic cryptocurrencies.

Kaspersky security expert Olga Svistunova said cybercriminals are constantly using popular sporting events as bait for attacks.Security expert Security teams are encouraged to be aware of this standard tactic Incorporate awareness of current events into threat monitoring. Even under the unusual circumstances of this year’s game, villains have found a way to take advantage of the event.

“For example, this year we found an interesting phishing page that sells’Olympic official tokens’,” said Svistiunova. “There is really no equivalent to that: cybercriminals are not only forging existing baits, but also coming up with their own new and sophisticated ideas.”

Security experts have found a website that sells cryptocurrencies to support Olympic athletes. Lure is a financial aid for athletes in need, but there is no official Olympic token. Only scammers will benefit.

to see: The Tokyo 2020 Olympics must be even safer to avoid cyber attacks and ransomware. (TechRepublic)

Kaspersky’s analysis found several creative ways in which scammers are taking advantage of the Olympic topic.

Streaming service for watching games

Watching the match online is the only way to see the results of the tournament, as there are no spectators this year due to the coronavirus. Kaspersky experts have found various phishing pages that offer streaming services for games. The secret is that users need to register to watch. According to Kaspersky, these registration pages are a phishing scheme, “when a user enters their credentials, they may be redirected to a page that distributes various malicious files.” Scams are a double pain, delivering malware and collecting user credentials.

Despite the fact that there is no live audience this year, scammers are still trying to sell tickets. Kaspersky experts have also found a page that offers refunds for purchased tickets.

Credential harvesting campaign

Kaspersky experts have also found a phishing page disguised as the official Olympic website. Scammers trying to take advantage of their interest in the Olympics create fake pages that look official and are related to the International Olympic Committee. According to Kaspersky, the real goal of at least some systems is to collect Microsoft Services credentials.

Free gift scam

The promise of free ones has always been a popular lure, and Kaspersky experts have found that kind of campaign using the theme of the Olympics. A phishing page that offers a chance to win free TV to watch the game. Lucky winners only have to pay the shipping fee. This is clearly the pure benefit of the villain who does not send prizes.

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Scammers offer streaming services, giveaways and fake cyber currencies to participate in the Olympics

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