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Phishers Exploit FIFA World Cup, Disseminate Malicious Software, Seize Credit Card Info

Security researchers from Kaspersky caution Web-surfers that several craftily-created websites have been released piggy-backing on the forthcoming soccer game -FIFA World Cup of 2014- while aiming at distributing malicious software as well as seizing credit card data.

Expectedly, the above scams will emerge globally; however, as it is Brazil where the game will be played, cyber-criminals in that country are already unleashing the malevolent campaigns.

A number of fresh domain names whose addresses have words like 'promocao' meaning 'give away' or 'copa' meaning 'cup' have been established very recently so that Web-surfers visiting them may get enticed.

A few of the URLs that cyber-crooks have got registered direct victims for providing the information of their debit or credit cards along with persona CPFs (similar to Social Security Numbers in some countries) so they may take part in promotions that, however, are a fake.

Meanwhile, it is not just phishing that's being deployed. A number of banking trojans too are being spread in the guise of football-inspired stars towards luring victims for opening malicious files.

The famous names which the conmen use are the most recent champion of Brazil namely Neymar, whose image appears in a phishing website; the celebrity actor and TV host named Rodrigo Faro who's being used in a phishing e-mail; and the football event's mascot Fuleco whose image appears in yet another phishing e-mail.

In the meantime, a related event, closer now, is the Confederation Cup about to take place during June 2013 for which tickets are available. Cyber-criminals are leveraging this event too through releasing a Neymar picture on one spoofed site distributing so-called free tickets.

And while the game's keenest watchers are expected to reap cash by supporting their favorite eleven plus through betting, the online phishers of Brazil, who're in no way interested about which team emerges the winner, look forward to making money in a different fashion i.e. by launching their nasty and illegitimate scams.

However, for remaining safe from these campaigns that will certainly increase while the 2014 FIFA World Cup approaches faster, Internet-users need to think again before clicking on e-mails offering unbelievably real rewards.

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