World Health Organization or the Center for Disease Control in the United States. Another Bonus: You won’t risk a malware infection.
Everybody wants to be part of the games. To watch it on TV or via streaming is nice but what is really cool is to go there, to Brazil, and watch them live. But beware: It’s yet another way that criminals are seeing opportunities from the games. On #Facebook, you can see groups where you can buy tickets like the one shown on the screenshots below.
On pages as this, the cybercriminals offer users an opportunity to request the URL for their ticket system. You can be sure that it isn’t an official page of a legitimate ticket shops. I highly doubt you will get much after using the credit cards in your pocket. Probably the only ticket that you will ever receive will be the credit card bill.
Free live-streaming of the Olympic Games is yet another attractive proposition. After all, what if the sport you want to watch is not covered by your local TV station? Checking both pages, we can see that they are quite similar (and were probably created by the same person/group). But as I said, you might get a lot more than a live stream; recent research by KU Leuven-iMinds and Stony Brook University found that streaming sites are a huge source of malware in the ads that come along with the video content.
As I said at the beginning of my article, the games have their opponents, too. There is a lot of resentment when it comes to why Brazil should spend so much money to host the Olympic Games even though they have many internal social and political problems.
The complaints to the world about those issues are easy to see on social media where hacktivists have announced their own intentions and reactions. Take a look yourself and search for #OpOlympicHacking. Crazy, right? So what are their possible activities? Disturbing federal services by starting Denial of Service or hacking attacks against the official Olympic Games pages and/or locations? By the way, for me, as a security expert, this is the most interesting example of what could happen during the games.
In summary, the games will be the most exciting Olympic Games ever. Therefore, be aware about what you are receiving and how you react if you should get in touch with the Games!