Mobile based cyber threats to watch out for at Paris Olympic Games 2024

The 2024 Summer Olympic Games, also referred to as XXXIII Olympiad, are set to take place from July 26th to August 11th this year. However, amidst the excitement, there is a growing concern regarding cyber threats targeting attendees and team managements, which have become a lucrative opportunity for hackers.

Security experts from Sophos have issued a warning against potential mobile security risks, which may appear minor but can have serious consequences for smartphone users. They highlight several threats:

QR Codes, Emails, and Apps: Smartphones have become essential for everyday tasks, including ticket booking, food ordering, and navigation. However, criminals may exploit these conveniences through tactics like phishing, aiming to steal sensitive information or inject malware. This can lead to intelligence gathering or even ransomware attacks. Attendees of the Paris Olympics 2024 are cautioned to be vigilant of deceptive QR Codes, email links, and SMS links that appear legitimate but could pose significant risks. Experts advise using official websites or cash transactions for purchasing tickets and services to avoid falling victim to malicious traps.

Information Disclosure: Major sporting events attract various malicious actors, from petty thieves to sophisticated criminals. They might impersonate vendors or suppliers to deceive unsuspecting victims at the venue or through social media. Therefore, it’s crucial for attendees to be mindful of what personal information they share, whether at the event or online.

In response to these threats, experts recommend raising cybersecurity awareness among attendees. Training campaigns should be conducted at airports, transit stations, sporting venues, and hotels to educate people on identifying and responding to potential threats effectively. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has provided guidelines for mobile device security, aiding organizers, attendees, staff, and law enforcement in fortifying their defenses ahead of the Summer Olympics.

Government agencies, including the French Anti-Cybercrime Office (OFAC), are also taking proactive measures. OFAC has implemented advanced technologies such as facial recognition, artificial intelligence, and other surveillance tools to monitor and prevent scams, fraud, and cyber-attacks during the event.

As the countdown to the Paris Summer Olympics 2024 continues, cybersecurity remains a critical aspect of ensuring a safe and secure experience for all participants and spectators alike.

Naveen Goud
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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