World Cup 2014: Experts warn of security threats

Summary:Fake Wi-Fi hotspots to ATM scams are on the list of dangers locals and tourists should be aware of.

Brazilians and foreign visitors in the country for the World Cup are being warned of a potential rise in security attacks.

The lack of specific legislation and regulations for information security in Brazil coupled with its general vulnerability online — the country ranks eighth in the global league of cyberattacks, according to Symantec — could mean a higher risk to individuals during the soccer tournament, according to consulting Alvarez & Marsal.

"Be prepared for online attacks, because chances are that you will be targeted," says information security expert at Alvarez & Marsal, William Beer. 

One of the security threats locals and visitors should be aware of during the World Cup include Fake Wi-Fi Hotspots. Before using a Wi-Fi network, Beer suggests that it is wiser to use a more secure network, in locations such as hotels. "It is even more important not to enter passwords for services or make purchases online when connected to an unknown Wi-Fi, since your data may be recorded by criminals," the security expert says.

The security expert also warns of sophisticated ATM scams in Brazil. "Avoid using ATMs outside banks' working hours and give preference to terminals within bank branches. Check the machine for any signs of tampering and do not accept help from strangers."

"Be prepared for online attacks, because chances are that you will be targeted." — William Beer, information security expert. 

Fake ticket and reservation notifications have also been listed by Beer as another threat.

"The volume of people making online reservations for hotels, cars and other services will be enormous, so a massive opportunity for cybercriminals. It is worth getting an online confirmation from the company you are buying a service from, such as a hotel or car rental company — and never send your credit card information by email," he warns.

As well as avoiding purchases in unknown websites, Beer also stressed that suspicious applications and app update requests could also be a threat during the World Cup.

"Be wary of emails requesting updates from applications related to the World Cup. Such links may contain malware and infect your device," Beer says.

Topics: Security

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Angelica Mari is ZDNet's Brazil Contributing Editor. She has relocated to Brazil, her home country, in 2011 after living and working in Europe for a decade. She started her professional life when she was 14, as a software trainer coaching executives at major Brazilian companies until the age of 17, when she started writing professionally.... Full Bio

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