The NFL Super Bowl is one of the most widely watched events in the world, drawing in millions of viewers each year.
However, with the massive amount of attention the Super Bowl generates, it also becomes a prime target for phishing-related attacks.
Phishing is a type of cyber attack that uses fake emails, websites, or social media profiles to trick individuals into giving up sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers, and other personal data.
One of the most common types of phishing attacks during the Super Bowl is the creation of fake ticket sales websites. Scammers will set up fake websites that mimic official ticket sales sites, tricking people into entering their personal information, including credit card numbers, to purchase tickets. In some cases, the scammers may even send out phishing emails, claiming to be from the NFL or a ticket vendor, and asking for payment information. These fake ticket sales websites often use a similar domain name to the official ticket sales site, making it difficult for individuals to identify the difference.
Another common phishing attack during the Super Bowl is the use of fake social media accounts. Scammers will create fake social media profiles that appear to belong to the NFL, team owners, or players, and use them to send out phishing links or messages. These links may lead to malicious websites that steal personal information or install malware on the recipient’s device. Social media users should be wary of clicking on links from unknown or suspicious accounts, even if they appear to be from a trusted source.
To protect against these types of phishing attacks, it’s essential to be cautious of any emails or links that ask for personal information. If you receive an email from an unknown source, it’s best to delete it immediately. If you receive an email from a known source that seems suspicious, it’s best to verify the authenticity of the email by contacting the sender directly. Additionally, it’s a good idea to use a reputable antivirus program and keep it updated to protect against malware.
In conclusion, phishing-related attacks during the NFL Super Bowl are a growing threat, and it’s essential to take precautions to protect your personal information. According to a report by Symantec, phishing attacks increase by 15% during major sporting events such as the Super Bowl (Symantec, 2018). By staying vigilant and being cautious of emails and links that ask for personal information, you can avoid becoming a victim of these types of attacks.
Symantec. (2018). Phishing during Major Sporting Events. Retrieved from https://www.symantec.com/blogs/threat-intelligence/phishing-during-major-sporting-events
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