Many fans have found themselves away from the TV and looking for a live stream of a big game – but looking for live broadcasts on the Internet can cost you money or leave a malicious program on your computer.
When you search on Internet for the live FIFA Word Cup broadcast, you will sometimes find purchased advertisements that lead to fraudulent or malicious content. Here’s a fresh examples of it, all set up for the World Cup:
When you go to the website, it asks you to download a special web plugin supported on all browsers. This is supposed to be the web player needed to watch the on-line broadcast of the games.
In reality, it is a malicious Adware program, which may not show anything but will drain your computer’s resources, Kaspersky Lab said. Adware software straddles a thin line between classic cybercrime and legitimate software.
Some sites offer every game of the matches, at any time. They promise high quality footage taken from the best cameras in the arenas. Of course, all credit cards are accepted. However, if users pay, they will just lose their money. Dubious and dishonest websites like these have no interest in playing by any rules, according the online security firm.
It said that one last important point is every day we see a lot of new registered domain names containing words like “Fifa Live World Cup steaming 2014”. We believe most of them will be used for a malicious purpose.
“Cybercriminals, opportunists and other malicious individuals look for occasions like the World Cup. They know this is the best time to cheat people, stealing their money and infecting their devices. Stay ahead of the game and do not fall into their social engineering traps. Use the best anti-malware protection and keep your wits about you when browsing and looking for the content. By the way, if you want to see a live broadcasting, probably you may use one of these legitimate councils,” says Dmitry Bestuzhev, Kaspersky Lab’s Head of Global Research and Analysis Team in Latin America.