The Olympic games is a high-profile event taking place in a concentrated location that attracts large numbers of visitors, many of whom will be spending a lot of money. A massive draw of sports fans in the world are attracted to it and so do cybercriminals.
Computer systems connected to the Olympics have been compromised in the past. In 2016, Russian hackers broke into a World-Anti Doping Agency database through an account created by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the Summer Games in Rio. The group stole information about star American athletes like Simone Biles and Venus Williams.
The Olympics are a “fantastic opportunity for cybercriminals to steal people’s identification, take money out of their wallets,” There are plenty of scams on social media offering free tickets or tickets to fake competitions, targeting fans before they even set foot on a plane to attend the Games.
Social media obsessed spectators may be tempted to post photos of their Olympics tickets on Instagram or Snapchat. Don’t do that, particularly if those tickets have barcodes or other scannable features. “Those barcodes have a lot of information about you as a person and traveler,”
At Pyeongcheong 2018 Olympic, there will be plenty of wireless spots available. South Korea is a well-connected country with some of the fastest internet speeds in the world. “Any attacker can make fake internet access points,” So anyone interacting with Olympics-related websites should make sure they have installed or updated antivirus software on their laptops and smartphones.
Fans aree advisesed to switch off WiFi and Bluetooth connections when they’re not in use ans When using a public or unsecured wireless connection, avoid using sites and applications that require personal information like log-ins.