Like many people around the globe, you are probably enjoying the 2016 Rio Olympics. An estimated 3.6 billion people around the world watched at least one minute of the Olympic games in London in 2012. That is a whopping 76 percent of the potential global audience. If you want to watch the games online, we have an article showing you how.
This year in Rio, more than 10,000 athletes from 206 countries around the world are competing in over 300 events. Unfortunately, athletics are not the only thing being showcased in Rio. I'll tell you how some ruthless cybercriminals are getting in on the action.
There are nearly 85,000 police and soldiers being utilized for security at the Rio Olympics. That is almost double the security that was used in London four years ago.
However, crime and terrorism are not the only threats that people need to be concerned with. The 50,000 people expected to attend the games in Rio also need to be vigilant with their digital safety. The Olympics are a prime target for hackers to find ways to steal people's money.
People in attendance are not the only potential victims, though. Hackers are expected to target companies that partner with the International Olympic Committee. Cybercriminals will also focus on people watching the Olympics from home because there are so many people paying attention to the games.
Security researchers reported a phishing scam that they discovered earlier in the year. Victims were asked to provide personal information, including bank account details, to pay for counterfeit tickets to the Rio Olympics. The cybercriminals could then use the information to steal money from the victims' bank accounts.
Emails and social media pose other potential risks. Downloadable apps, games, and links to video clips could infect your system with malware. These types of attacks were rampant during the 2014 World Cup as hackers went after soccer fans.
Fans attending the games need to be careful about using public Wi-Fi. It is commonplace these days for criminals to set up counterfeit Wi-Fi hotspots. If you do log onto one of these networks the cybercriminal could get access to your usernames and passwords or even infect your gadget with malware.
The number of unique wireless access points in Rio is over 4,500, and nearly 25 percent of those are believed to be vulnerable. Read our article on how to stay safe on public Wi-Fi.