Cyber Criminals Exploit Olympics

Cyber criminals often utilize the latest popular search trends in an effort to spread malware. This has most recently been seen with the Olympic Games. Cyber criminals have used Twitter and search engine optimization (SEO) tactics to promote fake videos with malware that purport to be of the Olympics.

Following the death of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, search results for “Olympic luge crash video” yielded malware infested results at the top of search engine results, according to Roger Thompson, chief research officer at AVG Technologies. Users were instructed to download a codec to view the video, which was actually malware.

Another attack also focused on the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. “This was a very methodical attack, where they were planning to take advantage of the hype around the ceremonies,” Michael Sutton,vice president of security research at Zscaler, said in an interview with

“The attackers follow current events pretty closely. As soon as a story emerges on the news wire, you can guarantee there will be social engineering attacks taking advantage of it,” he said.

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