Rated as one of the world’s most viewed sporting events, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will be held in 14 stadiums across Australia and New Zealand. As is the case with any major event in the world, the Cricket World Cup is a lucrative avenue for hackers and scammers. Piggybacking on the huge fan following of this sporting event, cybercriminals can be easily expected to trick users who are looking forward to booking their tickets and planning their trips on the Internet. Fake ticket and travel deals on phishing and malicious websites including social networking sites are expected to come up. Considering all these potential risks, security experts at Quick Heal have released a precautionary advisory on their official blog. This advisory puts together a list of security tips to stay safe against phishing attacks and any online scams such as:
1. Buy tickets only from the official website which is www.icc-cricket.com/cricket-world-cup
2. Do not trust any email claiming to offer you free tickets, discounted tickets or special travel deals.
3. Do not respond to online ads claiming to offer streaming services for the World Cup or free tickets.
4. Do not respond to social media posts (Twitter, Facebook, etc.,) that claim to provide free tickets, live streaming services, etc.
5. For live streaming, only trust popular websites such as www.starsports.com