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Cyber criminals already target Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWhile athletes are rigorously preparing for the summer Olympic Games of 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, cyber criminals are busily making preparations of their own. Developers of eScan anti-virus software note that new viruses have been emerging rapidly lately. More often than not, people who are interested in this year’s Olympic Games become victims of virus attacks.

Security experts expect an increase in Trojan, botnet networks and fraud cases, fake websites and fictive lotteries soon.

«Over the course of the past six months, we have seen the appearance of blackmail viruses like Locky and Android.Trojan.SLocker.CV. These viruses mainly target computers and smart-phones. These viruses never seem to go away, and the topic of news and developments in Olympic Games is sure to bring more victims to online fraudsters,» – believes manager of Baltimax, eScan distributor in Baltics, Sergei Romanovskis.

Internet users should be especially cautious now – avoid clicking on hyperlinks to unknown websites. Users should especially avoid going to websites that offer exclusive images or updates. Moreover, users should not provide their personal data to websites that ask users to register in order to see exclusive content.

Offers like that often appear on social networks and in SPAM messages.

Aside from the usual threats, there are also fraudulent offers that trick people into clicking on unknown links. Usually such websites use domain names that include words like ‘rio’, ‘rio2016’ and others. Websites like that offer users to buy tickets to Olympic Games and events. In reality, those websites allow fraudsters to acquire personal information and payment card data from their victims.

Security experts urge users to be careful in regards to any and all announcements regarding any lottery winnings. SPAM messages supposedly informing the user of lottery winnings are often sent to users. To make these fake announcements more believable, fraudsters write them in Portuguese and English, making it as if they were sent by the Olympic Committee and the Brazilian government.

«Internet users should also be careful in relation to such messages. It is always worth checking if ever had been a lottery to begin with. If the e-mail offers something too good to be true, it is most certainly a trap,» – Romanovskis concludes.

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