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Advisory On Prevention Of Website Hijacking During World Cup Period

Fortinet : 10 June, 2010  (Technical Article)
Fortinet provides information of the increased threats to corporate websites from hackers during the World Cup, an event providing cyber-criminals with increased opportunities for compromising companies and individuals through a variety of techniques
As is the case with any high profile worldwide event, the World Cup is fuelling higher Internet traffic volume which tend to lure opportunistic spammers and hackers. In such a situation, enterprises and consumers need to be cautious when engaging the online community and navigating the Web. In this advisory, Fortinet will advise how users and enterprises can stay safe from malicious attempts to compromise data.

Historically, hackers have attempted to hijack traffic from popular Websites, and the FIFA World Cup will be no exception. Cybercriminals have repeatedly proved their (often simple) attacks can be successful. Common social engineering attacks capitalize on events through social networking, email based spam (containing malicious links/attachments) and search engine optimization (SEO)--based attacks. SEO attacks work by getting popular search engines to rank malicious Websites among a list of the top set of returned results following a gaming related keyword search.

SEO attacks can be dangerous because they are often user-initiated, unlike many other solicited attacks seen in the wild. In addition to malware attacks, fraud is also a significant threat to be wary of. For example, FIFA issued a scam warning earlier this year that suggested sports fans be wary of ticket lotteries and any other communications from FIFA that ask for additional payments and/or personal information to secure tickets.

Fortinet's FortiGuard team routinely investigates threats such as spam, malware and botnets, which continue to significantly impact the threat landscape. New threat innovations allow attackers to carry out attacks such as the ones described above with such ease that it becomes essential to construct a formidable defence plan.

In a bid to stay safe online, enterprises need to educate employees on Web usage and maybe even limit the amount of time employees can spend online watching or surfing information on the ongoing matches. Even legitimate Websites can be compromised, making it difficult to completely avoid malicious codes online. Fortinet's FortiGuard team recommends IT managers read the company's regular threat research blogs to stay current with latest threat trends. Companies should also seriously consider putting in place an intelligent, layered security solution, such as Fortinet's Unified Threat Management (UTM) offerings. With Web 2.0, mobile computing on the rise and a much more distributed and global workforce, companies are exposed to a greater than ever number of entry points into the corporate network.
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