|London 2012 banner at The Monument. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The dangers of the games are not limited to those in attendance. For those watching and following at home, Olympics related spam, phishing, and malware distribution will be in abundance. See one email example reported here by TrendMicro that actually presents itself as a safety advisory about emails promoting sites selling fake Olympics tickets.
Spam or virus email campaigns with special Olympic news or a special deals can include an infected attachment or link as in the example above. These are designed to fool you into installing malware onto your systems. If you don’t recognize the sender address or the email seems out of character (spelling errors, no content other than a link, unsolicited attachments) don’t click it. If you get an email saying you won tickets but you don’t recall entering a contest, you didn’t win. Sorry. If you are interested in buying tickets for the Olympics or just getting information on the Olympics, go to http://www.london2012.com/. When searching for videos or information on the Olympics, many new sites are going to be dedicated to malware distribution. Stick to the official Olympic website or your favorite news site. Don’t venture out into unfamiliar territory.
A great FAQ for Olympic related online safety is offered by TrendMicro here. It explains things well for any reader and talks about scams and threats to expect before, during, and even after the London 2012 Olympics.
Be safe and you’ll enjoy the Games even more.