Hackers targeting Winter Olympics organisations with relentless phishing attacks

With the Winter Olympics set to commence in a few weeks from now, cyber criminals may target global fans, consumers, athletes and organizations with Winter Games-themed phishing attacks before and during the games, McAfee Advanced Threat Research has warned.

Cyber criminals may target fans, athletes and organisations before and during the Winter Olympics to steal usernames, passwords and financial information of victims by fooling them with “spoofed” corporate branded email addresses and emails written in native languages.

Back in January, prominent hacker group Fancy Bears announced that it had hacked a database belonging to the International Luge Federation (ILF) and had obtained documents that exposed 'violations of the principles of fair play', including widespread TUE approvals, missed anti-doping tests and the double standards approach towards guilty athletes.