Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Like the Coronavirus scare, the business of scamming will play a major role in the cybercriminal footprint. The games will provide countless options to scam participants, sponsors and spectators using contextual details and social engineering.

If you are all set to go to the games this summer and then get an email about your hotel/ car/ ticket booking … “the credit card came back invalid, you need to re-enter in a card number to keep your reservation” is something NOT to take lightly or carelessly.

Whether your attending the Olympics as an attendee, participant, vendor, sponsor or athlete, this simple scam could be all that needed to infect your computer with malware, steal your logon credentials to web-based email or trick you into offering up credit card details.

Security experts all agree that major events like concerts or high-profile sports like the Olympics serve as an amplifier for cybercrime. Everything from travel details/ ticketing/ winning a trip to the Olympics/ invoicing and more are all viable scams that all organisations should be warning users to expect.

It’s imperative to educate users of the possible attacks and scams that users may encounter in the coming months. Employees need to be “hypervigilant” about any messages, whether it is an email or text message or other form of communication you receive and be incredibly suspicious of that and assume it’s fraudulent by default.

This security-conscious mindset is what is needed not just as we approach the Olympics, but every day; the Olympics serve as just another storyline in a scammer’s arsenal. Users need the same levels of vigilance every day, regardless of the underlying “story”.

We’ve seen very sophisticated phishing scams revolving around the Olympics in previous years; there’s every reason to believe we’ll see them again.

To discuss successful partnerships and how engaging Consulting IT to maintain your IT infrastructure will:

  • Reduce your Staff downtime/ Expenditure/ Stress/ Exposure and Risk
  • Increase your Awareness/ Business Continuity Plans/ Backup and Disaster Recovery Systems/ Auditing and Compliance

Simply contact Corey Hill (chill@consultingit.com.au), National Sales and Marketing Manager.

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