Posted on behalf of Nicholas Johnston, Senior Software Engineer, Symantec Hosted Services
This year's soccer FIFA World Cup in South Africa, enjoyed by millions, was also used by both 419/advance fee fraud scammers and malware authors to lure unsuspecting victims into handing over money or installing malware. World Cup interest has been briefly re-ignited by FIFA's recent announcement of the host nations for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments.
However, the host for the 2014 tournament, Brazil, had already been decided. Even though the tournament is over 1,200 days away and many of the stadiums are that will be used to stage matches are being redeveloped, 419/advance fee fraud lottery scams have already started using this event to try to trick victims into handing over money to claim fake lottery winnings.
MessageLabs Intelligence recently saw two examples of this. Both contain attachments claiming that the recipient has won a...