Cybercriminals Kick Off World Cup with Spam and Online Scams

June 24, 2010

CULVER CITY, Calif., June 25 /PRNewswire/ —

               Soccer fans are a big target for cyber crooks. Spam related to
               the FIFA 2010 World Cup has soared by around 27 percent since
               April, according to Norton from Symantec. To date, the
               company has identified numerous scams, phishing sites and
               malicious spam related to the world's largest sporting event,
    WHAT/WHY:  and alerts fans on its 2010 Net Threat website.

               Other online threats related to the 2010 World Cup include
               offers of fake game tickets, videos purportedly showing
               highlights of the games that only infect computers with
               malware, and bogus FIFA product offers.

               "When South Africa was first announced as the 2010 FIFA World
               Cup host country in 2005 we began seeing the start of FIFA-
               related scams," said Adam Palmer, Norton Lead Cyber Security
               Advisor. "As the World Cup drew closer, we started to see
               message volume increase."

               Symantec has also seen an increase in cybercriminals' use of
               phishing scams, malicious attachments and "419 scams"
               (a.k.a., Advance-fee frauds) to target unsuspecting fans. As
               the competition progresses towards the final match in July,
               Symantec experts expect World Cup-related spam and scams to

               Norton Lead Cyber Security Advisor Adam Palmer and Symantec
               Response experts are on hand to share tips with users on how
               they can protect themselves from World Cup-related scams,
    EXPERTS:   including:

               1. Use a trusted safe search tool like Norton Safe Web to warn
               you about malicious sites
              2. Delete unsolicited or suspicious e-mails or text messages
               3. Be wary about World Cup promotions and offers on social
               media sites
               4. Stick to legitimate or familiar websites when surfing the
               Internet for information about the 2010 World Cup
               5. Stay up-to-date about the latest news on World Cup
               threats so you know what to look out for

    WHEN:     Interviews available upon request

    CONTACT:       Gerritt Hoekman
                   Edelman for Norton


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