McAfee: Superstar Soccer Players’ Screensavers and “Skills” Video Downloads are Risky to Search for OnlineThu June 5, 2014
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup coming up just around the corner, excited fans are taking to the Internet to catch up with their favourite soccer players. McAfee expects cybercriminals will be doing the same, albeit with a different goal: to lure fans to websites laden with malware so they can steal passwords and personal information.
McAfee today released the roster to the McAfee Red Card Club, a group of 11 superstar soccer players whose respective web pages present the greatest threat of infecting site visitors with malware. Topping the list are Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina’s Lionel Messi, and Spain’s Iker Cassillas.
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Ronaldo Tops McAfee “Red Card Club” For Riskiest Online Searches For Footballers
McAfee Study Reveals Screensavers and “Skills” Video Downloads as Most Likely to Pose Risk to Fans
MARKHAM, ON, June 4, 2014 – According to research from McAfee, part of Intel Security, cybercriminals are most likely to use Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo to lure visitors to web pages designed to infect them with malware. The McAfee “Red Card Club” showcases the top eleven Brazil-bound players whose web pages are considered to be risky for fans to search for online. Following Ronaldo and Messi are Spain’s Iker Cassillas, Brazil’s Neymar and Algeria’s Karim Ziani.
As is common with other cultural sensations, cybercriminals leverage consumer interest in the world’s most popular sport to lure them to websites rigged with malware, malicious code capable of infecting a user’s machine and stealing passwords and personal information. McAfee researchers have used McAfee® SiteAdvisor® site ratings to determine which sites are risky to search when coupled with footballer names and have calculated an overall risk percentage.
According to the research, fans run the greatest risk when visiting sites offering screensaver downloads and videos showcasing the extraordinary skills of the players. Searching for the latest Cristiano Ronaldo content yields more than a 3.7 per cent chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware.
Players make the McAfee Red Card Club by scoring among the top 11 positions in terms of greatest chance of web page risk:
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“Consider the McAfee Red Card Club as our effort to warn consumers against allowing passion to trump digital hygiene,” said Paula Greves, director of web security research at McAfee. “Cybercriminals can’t resist taking advantage of ‘fever-pitch’ excitement around this summer’s epic matchups in Brazil. The danger is that this anticipation could lead fans to download content from pages they shouldn’t to fulfill their football experience.”