first_img With the World Cup in full force in Russia, that means hackers are also keeping an eye on the event. If that doesn’t make much sense to you, here’s the rub. In the past few years, cybersecurity firm Akamai has been watching the scope of cyber attacks going on, with a sharp decline while the World Cup is going on — “at least until games are out of reach,” according to Akamai’s director Patrick Sullivan. When the games get going, however, there’s something important the company has to watch for: more attacks from the losing team’s home nation.In these cases, it appears that there are several attacks meant to keep news stories down in the winning team’s country that talk about the home team bringing home the gold. As silly and pointless as this sounds, it’s apparently a big problem when it comes to the World Cup. Activists use various kinds of different cyber attacks during events just like the World Cup to protest the nation hosting the event like recent protestors who were upset about the extravagant amount of money spent during the Brazilian World Cup.Of course, this probably doesn’t mean much to anyone who isn’t a big soccer fan, but it’s important for security firms to keep an eye on what’s going on around the world because it’s such a frustrating and large-scale problem that keeps creeping out of control once these big events are going on. Both governments in America and the U.K. have been telling tourists and players to keep their devices safe and to themselves, to avoid both criminals and types of espionage that could put entire nations at risk, especially in Russia.It’s important to combat these cyberattacks, especially as the successful ones only go so far as to embolden the ones perpetrating them. If you’ll be in town for the World Cup, make sure you keep all your important information to yourself and don’t offer up any potential ammo for the hackers to jump on. You never know who’s out there trying to get into your data.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. This Malicious USB Cable Can Remotely Accept Hacker CommandsHackers Had More Than 1,000 DNA Test Kits Mailed to Random People Stay on targetlast_img