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Cyber Crooks Hope to Score Big During the Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics have started, and that means cybercrime is at an all-time high.{ }

Feb. 12, 2018

The Winter Olympics are underway. Chances are you'll be going online for updates and videos of the competition.

Be careful. You don’t want to accidentally expose yourself to malware by clicking a bad link or visiting the wrong website.

Kurt Baumgartner, a researcher with Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team, says cyber criminals will be going for the gold during the games.

"In one way or another, these cyber criminals are looking to defraud people interested in the Olympics, trying to defraud them out of their money,” he said.

Here's how to protect yourself:

• Don't open any attachment or click any links in an email or social network message related to the Olympics. That attachment could contain malware. That link could to take you to a criminal's website.

• Don't use an unknown website to stream the games, especially one that requires you to install software to watch the video. Free video-streaming sites are frequently used to deliver malicious software.

More Info: Winter Olympics Online: Tips for Work Networks and Home Safety

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