The Hill reporting on cyber attacks targeting the rapidly approaching Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea:
Experts are observing an uptick in phishing attacks orchestrated by run-of-the-mill cyber criminals that use the games as a hook to draw attendees and other would-be victims into scams.
The Department of Homeland Security issued an alert Thursday warning travelers to the Olympics that cyber criminals could attempt to steal personally identifiable information or users’ credentials to profit financially.
“There is also the possibility that mobile or other communications will be monitored,” the alert said.
Additionally, there has been an increase in attempted attacks around the 2018 games themselves, some targeting participating organizations and sponsors and others within the infrastructure of the games.
Targeting major sporting events, such as the Olympics or the Super Bowl, are always going to lure in unsuspecting people into clicking dangerous links or opening malicious email attachments. It is easy to say everyone should be vigilant every single day, but for the average user that is impractical.
Awareness of the threat is key. But as with anything, there will always be those select few who are more susceptible to being tricked. It is this group the attackers are banking on being able to leverage for access or criminal activities.