They are calling this, the 'Mobile Olympic Games' -- but watch out for Net baddies
The organisers of Rio 21016 are calling it the Mobile Olympic Games. They have partnered with all of the big social media platforms. The social conversation, they claim is overwhelmingly on cell phones. The official website is https://www.rio2016.com/en and you can turn here for comprehensive coverage of the events. Phone owners can download the mobile app ( iOS, Android or WindowsPhone) which can be found on the same site The last Olympics in London, 2012 saw 1.6 million followers on Facebook. At Rio, they got 1 million followers one Day One alone and now have 3.1 million followers. Such numbers have attracted Net baddies like a magnet and already stories of cyber scams targeting naive seekers of Olympics-related freeware, are piling up. Cyber criminals wait for the huge increase in online traffic to trap sports fans with malware like Trojans, Ransomware, Botnet, Pishing etc. The brief 'window of opportunity' sees them working overtime. Brazil, the host country is the second-largest cybercrime generator in the world and ranks No. 1 in South America as both a source and target of online attacks. Net security specialist e-Scan, has compiled some useful hints to survive such cyber onslaughts:
Cyber -crooks will rely on social engineering techniques to lure Olympic lovers into clicking on links or giving their account credentials. The email recipients would presume the email to be genuine, unknowingly download Ransomware by opening the file sent by the cyber crooks or a malicious website. Ransomware may also be delivered via drive-by download attacks on compromised websites. Drive-by-download are malicious pieces of a programme that is downloaded to a computer without the users' consent or knowledge. The malware delivered by drive-by download is usually classified as a Trojan horse, because it deceives the user about the nature of the website or email. Wily culprits will also deploy Botnets to deceive the users into falling prey. Botnet allows hackers to take control of many computers at the same time and turn them into zombies or bots. The word Botnet is coined from two words 'robot' and 'network'. These are used to infect large number of PCs, which are often controlled through a server. Cyber-criminals see golden opportunities in the 2016 Olympic Games to launch Phishing attacks. Phishing is an attempt by an individual or group to solicit personal information from unsuspecting users by employing social engineering techniques. Phishing emails are crafted to appear as if they have been sent from a legitimate organization or known individual. These e-mails often attempt to entice users to click on a link that will take them to a fraudulent website that appears legitimate. The user then may be asked to provide personal information, such as account usernames and passwords that can further expose them to future compromises. With the high demand for Olympic Games, criminals have sensed this opportunity to create many fake websites by registering such domain names containing "rio" and "rio2016". There is an underground market for Secure Socket Layer or SSL certificates, which ensure a secure connection between a server and a web browser helps the sites look legitimate.
The solution is use a trustworthy Anti-Virus and Anti-spyware tool on regular basis, which will protect your system from all kinds of Malware attacks. Always download apps from their official website or Google Play Store instead of unknown sources because many apps store are still offering the app. Download applications of a reliable app developer. In addition, check the user ratings and reviews of the app before download.
Some more 'don'ts' to remain safe rather than sorry over the next two weeks are being disseminated by the US Department of Homeland Security, asking Net surfers to "Stop.Think.Connect.":
► When in doubt, throw it out. Links in email and online posts are often used by cybercriminals to compromise your computer. If it looks suspicious – even if you know the source – it’s best to delete or mark it as “junk email.”
► There will be many companies running campaigns during the Olympics, asking you to sign up to get the latest news or participate in a free giveaway. Do not use a password on these sites that you use anywhere else. Don't download videos, recaps or other files from unauthorized sites. Stick to the official Olympics site we have listed above -- or a trusted Indian site you have used before.
► There is no fool proof way to surf the Internet, but a little care and caution will ensure that you survive the Olympian assaults that will inevitably be made by Internet criminals at a time like this.