Web users searching for Euro 2008 football tickets are at risk of being targeted by hackers, according to a security alert from Sophos.
The anti-virus software supplier confirmed that EuroTicketShop.com, a site selling the tickets and featured in Google’s sponsored links, contained malicious code in some pages when visitors attempted to purchase tickets. The malware is known as Mal/ObfJS-R, and attempts to download further attacks from another remote website.
Euro Ticket Shop could not be reached immediately for comment.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said: "This is not the first time that hackers have attempted to capitalise 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.”
Sophos noted in its 2008 Security Threat Report that huge number of legitimate webpages are now being compromised by cybercriminals as they attempt to infect more computers. It said there was a new infected webpage every 14 seconds, 83 percent of which are hosted on legitimate sites that most surfers wouldn't think twice about visiting.
Hackers often use big events to exploit computer users and spread their attacks. In 2007, the website of the Miami Dolphins, host of last year's US Superbowl, was compromised in the days leading up to the event in order to infect fans logging on to the site.
Sophos said computer users should ensure their security products were up to date.
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