The first week of Olympic ticket payments saw the continuance of cyber attacks according to the latest information from Norton. Cybercriminals have employed tried and tested methods to target ticket hopefuls, including poisoned internet search results and fake email confirmations.
More than 1 500 malicious web links were identified when searching for common Olympic related terms such as “London 2012 stadium diagram”, “London 2012 stadium seating chart”, “London 2012 stadium map” and “London 2012 logo ideas”. These poisoned search results are planted by cybercriminals to attract people to unofficial or infected websites hosting malware, often designed to steal identities and sensitive financial information.
In addition, fake Olympic ticket confirmations have been circulating aimed at tricking people into sharing their personal financial details.
From Monday 16th May 2011, 2012 Olympic ticket applicants have had payments sporadically withdrawn from their bank accounts.
Kara Rawden, senior marketing manager: consumer – Middle East & Africa at Symantec, says: “Those who have been lucky enough to secure tickets may not have the money deducted from their account immediately, as this could happen anytime before 10th June 2011.
“Cybercriminals could use this window to put fraudulent transactions through people’s accounts, reliant on individuals not checking the details. If you’ve applied for tickets, make sure you regularly check your bank statement, particularly over the next couple of weeks while waiting for the official Olympics to withdraw payment.”
Rawden adds, “Do not respond to any emails asking for additional bank details in order to secure 2012 Olympic tickets and never enter your personal details on a site that isn’t secured by an SSL certificate. If in doubt, contact LOCOG to confirm whether or not the correspondence is genuine.”