News JVTech 2022 World Cup: like the France team, cyberattacks are also gaining ground
Published on 25/11/2022 at 19:15
The 2022 World Cup started a little less than a week ago, and it’s already time for the first conclusions! And if we often talk about many controversies, there is another black point that has gone under the radar a little: cyberattacks.
A World Cup that keeps talking (badly)
We have been hearing about this 2022 World Cup for months and months, which bears the sad nickname of world cup of shame. Et even if the controversies are numerousparticularly vis-à-vis the ecological aberration represented by this competition, the enthusiasm around this World Cup is indeed present!
And if all the eyes of football fans (or almost) are riveted on the first world football tournament organized in a Middle Eastern country, hackers and other malicious actors have their eyes on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Unfortunately, it is common practice for these malicious people take advantage of important/popular events to attack.
As often when it comes to cyberattacks, the techniques are diverse and varied. E-mail, link or even malicious software, everything is good to steal money from you, or at least to steal your personal data. And thanks to researchers at Trellix Advanced Research, we know a little more about the techniques used during this World Cup!
“A 100% increase” in Arab countries
As the latest Trellix study shows, the number of cyberattacks linked to the World Cup in Qatar has been on the rise in recent weeks. This same study reveals that the number of fraudulent e-mails experienced a “100% increase in the month of October” in Arab countries. And as we explained above, all techniques are good, even if phishing is the most used.
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For those who aren’t aware, phishing is a technique used by some dishonest people to obtain personal information in order to steal your data and steal your identity. During the study, researchers at Trellix Advanced Research Center intercepted several emails using the soccer tournament as an initial attack vector. Most of these emails contain hypertext links that redirect to a personalized phishing page.
Even though the Trellix study is mainly based on Arab countries, there is almost no doubt that the bad guys are also rampant on the European side. Researchers anticipate that this type of attack could continue until January 2023 and advise everyone to remain vigilant. To tell you, some cyberattacks go through the impersonation of one of the official partners of the event: Snoonu. Like what, you really have to pay attention to everything!
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