The Olympics are known for attracting record breaking viewers in the billions, which makes them the perfect target for hacktivists that want to take advantage of the large audiences. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) just issued an alert that warns people to use caution when viewing the winter games from abroad. The report says cybercriminals will attempt to “lure in spam, phishing or drive-by-download campaigns to gain personally identifiable information or harvest credentials for financial gain.”
Hackers often create fake websites and domains that appear to offer live Olympic streams, so it’s important to stick with the official news partners. In the United States, NBCUniversal offers exclusive coverage of the games for viewers via NBC, NBCSN, MSNBC, USA Network, NBCOlympics.com and corresponding Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Be sure to visit trusted sources directly instead of clicking on links in email or social media.
For an extra layer of protection, make sure you have installed NQ Mobile Security on all your mobile devices. The official site of the Department of Homeland Security also has additional tips to identify and avoid online threats.