Cyber Attack concerns rise over FIFA World Cup 2018


    The English Football Association has expressed cyber attack concerns for the 2018’s FIFA World Cup which is going to be held in Russia. The association has already written to the organizers of FIFA expressing concerns about information already being accessed in a cyber attack.

    As a precautionary measure, the England Football Association has asked its players, coaches, and technical staff to avoid using public Wi-Fi networks and rely on satellite communication services for emergency web correspondence.

    Our readers have to notify over here that a Russian hacking group, Fancy Bear, published some email correspondence which took place between the English Football Association and FIFA in May this year.

    When the GCHQ’s cyber security wing started a probe on this issue, it was revealed that the info was illegally obtained and was done by the Russian government funded hacking group titled Fancy Bear Aka APT28. The probe also revealed that the hacking group managed to gain access to the database of World Anti Doping Agency and then obtained the information specified above.

    FIFA has formally announced to English Football Association along with the other associations around the world that it is committed to preventing security attacks in general. And will thoroughly investigate the issue to ascertain whether FIFA Infrastructure was compromised in the previous attack of Fancy Bear.

    The Federation International de Football Association (FIFA) which is based in Zurich is mostly governed by Swiss laws. And the association is planning to offer highly encrypted internet services which will be provided by a European Satellite Communication company for the event.

    So, players, coaches and technical staff of various football associations ( except Russia) participating in the event might get a limited but highly secure web access while visiting the Russian Federation in 2018.

    More details will be updated shortly!

    Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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