With the start of FIFA World Cup on June 14, many fans around the world are already looking for streaming websites to watch the action in live! Seldom do they understand the risks that come with it. Today we, at GajShield decode different security risks that many fans will be exposed to, when looking for streaming sites where they can watch the matches taking place at Russia 2018.
Several websites that fans may click on to, for streaming are illegal with pirated content and many others are used by cybercriminals to compromise on user’s devices and personal information. These scams go beyond invasive advertisements which by the way, these webpages are populated with! These campaigns are spread by email to compromise user’s devices. Various malicious campaigns are designed to take advantage of the anxiety of many soccer fans around the world who are looking for various ways to view matches and when caught up in World Cup fever, they become more exposed to risks as their desire to watch the matches easily overtakes their common sense.
Annoying advertisements : Annoying Advertisements appear in plenty on such websites. Clicking on such ads can prompt a direct download of unwanted, malicious software into the browser which may spy on your activities, or could even take you through to pages that still look like livestreaming services but instead, download malware onto your computer.
Botnets: Botnets, though may go undetected, but are found at large on such streaming websites. Botnets are a collection of software robots, or bots, that can create an army of infected computers which are also known as zombies and are remotely controlled by the originator. Botnets can send spam emails with viruses attached, they spread all types of malware and use your computer as part of a denial of service attack against other systems without even you knowing about it!
WiFi eavesdropping is another dangerous method used by many cyber criminals to capture personal information. WiFi eavesdropping involves virtual “listening in” of your personal information that is shared over an unsecure WiFi network that is not encrypted. This method can potentially access your computer with the right equipment and easily steal your personal information including logins and passwords.
Worms are a very common threat to the Internet and computers worldwide. A worm, unlike a virus, goes to work on its own without attaching itself to files or programs. It lives in your computer memory, it does not damage or change the hard drive and it can easily propagate by sending itself to other computers in a network, within the company or the Internet itself.
These Worms can cause a tremendous amount of damage by shutting down parts of the Internet, thereby wreaking havoc on an internal network and costing companies enormous amounts of lost revenue.
Miners on Streaming sites
You can also find various websites whose main purpose isn’t streaming matches but mining crypto currency This is a growing phenomenon where sports and movie streaming sites have been used with increasing frequency.
While these are just few of the many threats to your personal information, and devices when watching a simple soccer match, we strongly advise you to stay protected with a security solution to avoid the threats to take better advantage of you.
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