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The World Cup Runneth Over

If your office is anything like mine, the latest buzz and watercooler talks have all been centered around one thing: FIFA. While this month-long international soccer tournament continuously excites and captivates millions of die-hard fan, there are also some that use this event as their personal, merciless cyber playground.

Following the announcements of the host countries for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, FIFA has been alerted to a growing number of e-mails and scams fraudulently claiming to be associated or linked with the tournament. Security researchers have discovered many phishing scams leading up to and during the first week of the games. Analysts first detected the widespread phishing campaign when they discovered a rash of emails sent to soccer fans claiming to offer recipients a schedule of fixtures and results tracker for the tournament. Each of those emails used the subject line, “World_Cup_2018_Schedule_and_Scoresheet_V1.86_CB-DL-Manager,” and each came with a malware-laden attachment.

Other discovered scams generally inform recipients that they have been selected as lottery prize winners and have won substantial sums of money, or invite recipients to submit a tender. Recipients are then persuaded to submit their information or to part with money as an upfront payment, or forward money to enable them to enter the tender process.

FIFA strongly advises the public to treat any correspondence concerning lottery draws, tenders or competitions with suspicion and extreme caution and urges people not to provide any personal or financial details if requested to do so. The FIFA organization has made a comment saying that these emails are in no way from them and that if someone has received an email of this nature to forward it to local authorities.