Mind the Security Gap

London 2012 banner at The Monument.
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.

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London 2012 Olympics Threats, Online and in the Queue

A team of over 16,000 outsourced security personnel, military troops and police officers will be on guard at the London 2012 Olympics, but physical security for Olympic fans may not be enough to keep them safe.  The Olympics, like any other large publicly favored event, is a hot target for cyber criminals and a hot topic for luring unsuspecting Internet users.

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While at the games you may be on the lookout for pickpockets, but also guard yourself against Wi-Fi thievery. Wi-Fi connections can potentially put you at risk for data theft, particularly your passwords
and private information. One of the best ways to ensure your information isn’t compromised when
using a public Wi-Fi network is not to send any sensitive information over the network, or by securing what is sent as much as possible. The best tip is don’t use public Wi-Fi. If you’re going to anyway, don’t do online banking.

For the insistent on using Wi-Fi while at the games, read PC Magazine’s Ten Tips for Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Security.
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