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End users need to be wary of Olympic scams

RSA warns of common Olympics-themed cyber threats

End users need to be wary of Olympic scams
The 2012 Olympics is due to open on 27th July, but scams have been circulating almost since London was awarded the games.

Security company RSA is warning of some common online scams that are centred on the Olympics.

Like most major events, the Olympics has already been targeted by cyber criminals, with online ticket scams being among the most popular.

RSA is warning consumers to look out for fake ticket sites, that appear to offer tickets, but in reality are looking to steal both money and user data. The company advises using the official London2012.com Ticket Checker where fans can check the URL of the site on which they are considering buying tickets to determine if it’s legit, as well as a list of known fraudulent ticketing sites.

Users should also be aware of phishing emails around Olympic themes, such as those pretending the receiver has won free tickets and should complete a form to receive the tickets. Consumers should also be aware of messages that appear to come from popular social networking services such as Twitter and Facebook, and to be wary off replying directly to such messages. Users are instead advised to go direct to such sites by typing their URLs directly into a web browser.

Other possible threats are unauthorized Olympics apps that may conceal malware, and sites that pretend to offer video coverage of the Games but also conceal malware downloads.

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