EURO 2016 and Cyber Security

10 Jun 2016

EURO 2016 and Cyber Security

Euro 2016 is one of the biggest sporting events of the year and as such will grab the attention of millions of people from all over the world, unfortunately, this also means that cyber criminals will be seeking opportunities to exploit it. 

Some of the targets for cyber criminals are likely to be the following:

Match Day Ticket Fraud

Ticket fraud is a major problem with sporting, musical and other events. Fraudsters are likely to set up fake websites offering last-minute match day tickets that will take a fans cash with no ticket actually being produced. This sort of incident typically increases ahead of or during the knockout stages of the tournament. To avoid falling victim to this ensure that the website you are on is the genuine article.

Tournament Data 

A sporting event like Euro 2016 will see a vast amount of data being exchanged. Many fans are likely to buy their tickets online and as such their credit card details could be at risk. Confidential information on tactics and the players of the teams involved could be leaked and organised criminal gangs could use hacking attacks to steal information that they could use for insider trading.


Fans travelling to the tournament will most likely access the internet via Wi-Fi hotspots. Many fans will likely hang out at bars, cafes and hotels, the favoured hunting grounds for hackers. If a fan inadvertently logs in through a rogue Wi-Fi connection or falls victim to a man in the middle attack a hacker could steal their personal data.

Fake Apps

Fake mobile apps have increased in number with the developers enticing people to download them by using the official logos of the tournament. Avast Software has reported that many have been discovered to contain malware.

For advice on how to protect against the cyber threat get in touch with the experts at PGI.

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