The beautiful game is back on the pitch in the U.K. — and cyberattackers will be looking to take advantage of fans streaming the games.
England’s Premier League is returning this week, with millions of soccer fans around the world looking to stream matches using their online video accounts, often to support their team or stay on top of their fantasy league points. Unfortunately, the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is warning on phishing, fraud and brute-forcing attempts by attackers looking to break into those accounts.
The organization said in a Wednesday announcement that it expects a rash of phishing, scam and account-takeover efforts centered around the return of the country’s most popular sport — a kind of hat trick of attack types. The assessment, it said, is based on precedent: The NCSC has also observed escalating cyberattacks on television streaming subscriptions as more and more people quarantine at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As well as illegally watching the game the victim has paid for, the hackers could make unauthorized purchases on the platform or look to find personal information that could be used for further scams – including targeting them with scam emails or phone calls,” the organization warned.