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Euro 2008 Website Becomes Latest Victim of Cybercrime

Date: March 31, 2008
By: Nathan Statz

March 31, 2008: Sophos has identified malicious code on a number of compromised pages on the Euro 2008 ticketing website.

Prophecies and projections are often handed out like bundles of fairy floss at a county fair, as many are produced with little thought to future consequences. The team behind the Euro 2008 website has ended up with far worse than a toothache though as their ticketing site has become the latest victim of cybercrime.

The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, or Euro 2008 as it is more commonly known is a major soccer tournament, the winner of which will qualify for the 2009 Confederations cup along with the champion countries from their respective continents. This translates to a great deal of interest in the event and subsequently vast numbers of people visiting the ticketing website.

Sophos has revealed a malicious script in the soccer tournament’s ticketing website that attempts to download malware onto your computer while browsing and purchasing game tickets.

"This is not the first time that hackers have attempted to capitalize on sporting events, and unfortunately in the run up to the competition this summer, we're likely to see more sites like this being hacked, as well as other scams preying on football fans' fervour," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

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Clulely warns fans who are keen to get tickets to a game that they should ensure they don’t get carried away with the excitement and score an own goal before kick off. “It's essential that all computer users ensure their security settings are up to date and able to defend against these threats,” he said.
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