Cyber Criminals Play “Striker” During World Cup

Cyber Criminals Play “Striker” During World Cup
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Organizations cannot stop employees from flocking to social media during the World Cup. The global activity surrounding it attracts hackers, scammers and cyber criminals, increasing global information security risk across networks everywhere. As an example, employees will call up game streams, social media clips/fan chats, scores and more on their office computers and mobile devices, increasing corporate risk with every click. Since security teams are already heavily burdened with day-to-day operations, it’s impossible for them to continually monitor the onslaught of links, tweets, posts, and content surrounding the event.

So how can your organization remain safe during the World Cup and other events that incite massive global social media traffic? First, you need to understand your organization’s social risk footprint. Only with this information can you truly understand how vulnerable you may be to risk. Second, you should implement automated processes with focused analysis around social media. Predictive, adaptive, and intelligent systems will stop social media attacks before they occur – particularly effective for large events like the World Cup. Third, you should protect key executives, board members, partners, customers and corporate sponsors with identity and brand protection tools. Impersonators are everywhere and at times of increased social media activity, the risk of brand and reputation damage is at its highest.

To protect your organization, you need complete visibility and insight into your social attack surface. You need a solution that can automatically process and analyze your social media footprint. With ZeroFox, your organization can achieve this and more, mitigating the information risks of social media with our market-leading Platform. Take action today and score a winning goal for your company.

Cyber Criminals Play “Striker” During World Cup

The world cup has generated a sensational level of global buzz, in fact, throughout social media, cup-related activity surpassed that of the Sochi Olympics and 2014 Super Bowl just a week into the matches.

  • 350 Thousand: estimated daily tweets about the World Cup
  • In the year leading up to the 2014 World Cup, the event was mentioned over 19 million times across Facebook, Google Plus, Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube
  • In just 5 days there were 236, 863 Instagram posts with the hashtags: #fifaworldcup2014 #fifaworldcup #brazil2014 #worldcup
  • The top-20 World Cup ads of 2014 have gotten 6.9 million shares across social media so far
  • 31.4% higher than the top-20 ads for Super Bowl 2014

Across social media, cyber criminals are playing “striker”: a play who waits deep in enemy territory for an opportunistic time to score

Giving cyber criminals a golden opportunity to hack more users, devices, and networks through some of the most common methods.

  • Creating fake ads on the most popular social media networks
  • Creating phony websites for video streaming
  • Creating emails and social media posts with fake links which are especially dangerous

All of the above drive more and more traffic towards the hackers ultimate goal: phishing and malware websites to infect machines, compromise users, and gain network access


  • #opworldcup
  • #ophackingcup

The global activity surrounding events like the World Cup attracts hackers, scammers and advanced attackers, increasing corporate information security risk. Security teams are already heavily burdened with day-to-day operations and cannot monitor the high volume of social media links, tweets, posts, and content surrounding high buzz events like the World Cup

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