IDG Contributor Network: Cyber games at the World Cup 2018
Woohoo! The World Cup is coming! That’s what I would say if I wasn’t a stereotypical American who knows almost nothing about football (soccer to us Americans). Or a stereotypical security geek who knows almost nothing about our own handegg sporting events. I’m not really interested in either form of football. However, I am interested in understanding an event that draws interest from around the Internet and what it means to the security of the event, the organizations supporting it, and all the properties that have nothing to do with the event, yet somehow draw an attacker’s ire anyway.
Looking back at the 2014 World Cup, we saw five attacks that showed strong indicators that the event was influencing attack traffic at a national level. The day of the Brazil vs. Croatia match, attack traffic originating from Croatia was nearly eight times higher, specifically targeting a Brazilian financial institution. Most of the traffic came in the form of SQL injection. Maybe the attackers were hoping the Security personnel would be more interested in watching the game than their computer screens and they’d slip through?