11 July 2018
It looks like hackers get World Cup fever too. Stats have shown that in previous World Cup years, cyber criminals actually took a break from their busy schedule of online pillaging to put their feet up and watch the matches.
A time-based analysis of attack figures gleaned from Imperva’s cloud-based security monitoring set-up, found that while the frequency of hacks rose during non-final 2014 World Cup matches, when it came to the final itself, there was actually a slowdown as attack frequency dropped to just 2 percent of its ordinary level.
Even so, with the eyes of the world currently on Russia for the 2018 tournament, it’s reported that rich England players have been given a World Cup hacking warning and briefed by spooks at GCHQ to help them avoid falling victim to blackmailers and being fleeced online, as well as making sure they side-step the possibility of revealing sensitive squad selection data and tactical information.
“The NCSC is providing expert cyber security advice to the Football Association ahead of their departure to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.” National Cyber Security Centre Spokesman.
Established just last year, the main goal of the NCSC is to protect the UK from Russian cyber attacks, providing both individuals and large organisations with advice on their online security systems.
With a plethora of devices travelling with the England team, from smartphones and tablets to gaming platforms, the FA has had to thoroughly screen all tech belonging to players and backroom staff to make sure they have the correct security software installed to protect them from malicious attacks. And players will also be told which devices they can use safely and where, with a warning not to use public Wi-Fi networks in place.
And travelling fans are being warned too.
“A recent NCSC blog highlighted advice for fans using devices while abroad which should be read alongside existing Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice and guidance offered on the ‘Be On The Ball: World Cup 2018’ website.” National Cyber Security Centre Spokesman
World Cup or not, the importance of responsible computer recycling has never been more vital, if you want to keep your personal and organisational secrets to yourself and also help to reduce the mounting e-waste problem around the globe.
“As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, everyone shares the responsibility of securing cyberspace.” Newton Lee, computer scientist and author
If your company is one that is committed to the ethical recycling of its obsolete computers and technology products, make sure secure and environmentally friendly computer recycling that adheres to proper recycling regulations is part of your consideration, to ensure ultimate data security. It’s also important to be aware that companies are now legally obliged to safely dispose of potentially sensitive information in accordance with current security laws and the Data Protection Act of 1998. Be sure only to use a computer recycling company that operates in accordance with, and preferably exceeds all government guidelines such as the WEEE Directive and the Data Protection Act.