Website Selling Euro 2008 Tickets Hacked

Computer security company, Sophos, on March 27, 2008, warned football fans to exercise caution when purchasing tickets via the Internet for the forthcoming Euro 2008 football championship. This came after it was found that hackers inserted their malicious code into a Website belonging to a major European ticket-selling firm.

The supplier of anti-virus software confirmed that the site,, which sells the championship tickets and appears on Google sponsored links, hosted malware in some of its pages. The Website enjoys a high ranking on the Google search engine through its sponsored links suggesting that the malicious hackers might have a large number of probable victims.

People trying to buy tickets on the site are expected to find the malicious script that has been embedded on some of its pages. The malware called Mal/ObfJS-R downloads a number of exploits from another Website.

Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant, Sophos said that the incident is not the first of its kind in which hackers tried to take advantage of sporting events. Unfortunately, during the approaching summer competition, there would be more sites similar to that would be hacked and other scams that would prey on the fervor of football fans, as reported by Webuser on March 27, 2008.

Quite often hackers take advantage of big events in order to spread their attacks among end-users. Researchers at Sophos have advised Web surfers to update their security software and ensure they relied on common sense while browsing any Website. Cluley further said that fans eager to get tickets for the game should not get too excited and lead themselves to the hackers' trap. It is also important that computer users ensure their anti-malware security is up-to-date so as to defend their systems against these attacks.

In its Security Threat Report for 2008, Sophos noted how cyber criminals compromise massive number of genuine Web pages in efforts to infect as many computers as they can. The report said that every 14 seconds a new Web page is being infected. Of these, 83% belonged to authentic sites that majority of surfers wouldn't hesitate to visit.

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