Published On: Wed, Jul 9th, 2014

Kaspersky Lab encounters phishing attacks on FIFA 14 fans

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The football fever is very high amongst the fans and the cyber-criminals are also eyeing the opportunity and are planning attacks. Kaspersky Lab has come across a new phishing attack which aims to collect the personal data of the users. Some links have been found on a web page, which imitates the official FIFA page. The web page consists of some links which prompts the visitors to sign a petition in defense of Luis Suarez. The petition asks for the details of the fans, which are unhappy with the disqualification of the Uruguayan’s player. However, the mail consists of a malicious attachment which can also formulate into a targeted attack.

Nadezhda Demidova, Content Analyst at Kaspersky Lab, said “Armed with users’ email addresses and telephone numbers, cybercriminals can conduct targeted attacks involving banking Trojans for computers and mobile devices. This technique is used to get round two-factor authentication in online banking systems in cases where a one-time password is sent via SMS”.

The attackers have designed the phishing page in such a manner that it just resembles the official page of FIFA. The phishing domain was made on 27 June, 2014. The form created for the collection of data was formulated using Google Docs. In order to sign the petition, the user has to fill the form by entering his or her name, country’s name, mobile number and email address. After filling the form, the victims are encouraged to share the link of the page with friends on their Facebook.  This further enabled the attackers to spread the phishing attack at a very fast speed.

Kaspersky Lab has suggested that in order to avoid the attack one should check the address of the site. If you have any doubt about the authenticity of the site then does not enter any personal data. Further to check the authenticity of the website one can always contact the representative of the official website.

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Kaspersky Lab encounters phishing attacks on FIFA 14 fans