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Keeper Security Shares Top Cyber Threats During the 2024 Paris Olympic Games
Thursday, June 13, 2024

CHICAGO, June 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2024 Summer Olympic games are nearly upon us, and as millions of fans around the globe plan to watch or attend the international sporting event, organizers are preparing for unprecedented cybersecurity challenges. Hosted in Paris, and spread out across 16 other cities throughout France, the Olympics present significant cybersecurity risks to athletes, organizers and spectators - both virtually and in-person. According to a recent report from Microsoft, high-profile sporting events like the Olympics offer prime opportunities for cyber attacks with increased cyber risk due to the network-connected environments and increased digital transactions.

In recent years, there has been a marked surge in sophisticated cyber attacks targeting major sporting events, including last month when the X account of French Sports Minister, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, was hacked. The convergence of large crowds, extensive media coverage and critical infrastructure presents an attractive target for threat actors seeking to disrupt operations, steal sensitive data or generally cause widespread chaos. These threats are not limited to those attending the games in-person. High-profile events also provide limitless opportunities for scammers to launch phishing attacks against unsuspecting victims with an interest in the event.

Whether you plan on attending the Olympics or watching from home, Keeper Security has identified cybersecurity threats to watch out for and offers the following advice to protect yourself and your digital assets.

    1. Beware of phishing scams. Cybercriminals have long used phishing scams to
       steal personal information through emails or text messages with malicious
       links or attachments. During the Olympics, these scams could appear to be
       from official Olympic organizations, sponsors or legitimate news sources.
       Recipients will be enticed with promises of exclusive access to event
       tickets, free live streams, prize winnings or urgent account
       verifications. However, the links lead to counterfeit websites designed
       to steal personal and financial information or could contain an
       attachment that downloads malware onto the user's device. With
       increasingly sophisticated technologies, including the growing use of AI,
       cybercriminals are able to craft more believable campaigns to bait
       unwitting users. To avoid falling victim to a phishing attack,
       cybersecurity best practices remain the same. Do not open attachments or
       click on links from unknown sources. Verify the source requesting any
       information from you and check all links you receive. Scammers also use
       social engineering to manipulate users by finding basic information
       online to appear more genuine and tricking people into sending them money
       or disclosing sensitive information. Be on the lookout for bad actors
       attempting to impersonate a friend or family member in urgent need of
       money to buy tickets or place bets on games.


    2. Protect all of your accounts. When creating accounts to stream the games,
       following news updates or placing wagers, it may be tempting to reuse
       passwords that are easy to remember. Make sure you are using unique,
       high-strength passwords for all of your accounts. This way, if one
       account is breached, a cybercriminal does not gain access to the rest of
       them. Passwords should be at least 16 characters with a mix of uppercase
       and lowercase letters, a variety of special characters and a random
       assortment of numbers. Avoid using easily guessed information such as pet
       names, birthdates and addresses. A password manager is invaluable for
       generating and securely storing strong passwords. Implementing
       multi-factor authentication for your accounts provides an additional
       layer of security that will protect against most breaches.


    3. Think twice before streaming for free. Cord-cutters and fans trying to
       tune into the games often turn to the internet in search of free streams
       - frequently resulting in sacrificed security. While there are legitimate
       websites and apps that will stream the Olympics for free, the websites
       that host illegal streams may also host ads for questionable content and
       contain malicious links that could install malware on your device.


    4. Watch out for fake ticket sales. Fans seeking to attend the games must be
       on the lookout for counterfeit tickets. Scammers will create convincing
       websites to mimic official ticketing platforms, offering seats that
       either don't exist or are vastly overpriced. Only buy tickets from
       reputable sellers that offer a secure payment system and recourse if the
       tickets don't come through. The Olympics are also a time when more fans
       are looking to win money on the games, and scammers are ready to take
       advantage. They may promise large prizes to winners but once they collect
       your entry fee or personal information, they disappear and the winners
       never receive their payout.
    5. Avoid public WiFi and charging stations. Public WiFi is a key
       battleground for cybercriminals and should never be used to send any
       personal, financial or other sensitive information. One of the most
       prominent cyber threats related to public WiFi is the man-in-the-middle
       (MITM) attack. Since anyone can join a public WiFi network, you have no
       idea who is watching or intercepting your online data. Fans should also
       avoid public USB charging stations. Cybercriminals can load malware onto
       these charging stations to maliciously access your device.

Cybercriminals are always seeking new and creative ways to target their victims, especially during high-profile sporting events like the Olympics. By keeping your guard up against these threats and following cybersecurity best practices, sports fans will be far less likely to fall victim to cybercrime.

About Keeper Security
Keeper Security is transforming cybersecurity for people and organizations around the world. Keeper's affordable and easy-to-use solutions are built on a foundation of zero-trust and zero-knowledge security to protect every user on every device. Our next-generation privileged access management solution deploys in minutes and seamlessly integrates with any tech stack to prevent breaches, reduce help desk costs and ensure compliance. Trusted by millions of individuals and thousands of organizations, Keeper is the leader for best-in-class password and passkey management, secrets management, privileged access, secure remote access and encrypted messaging.

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Media Contact
Christian Morley
Lumina Communications for Keeper Security
Keepersecurity@luminapr.com

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