“There were warnings about potential attacks for six months,” says KPMG

Security Roundup: Hackers score first World Cup goal

We take a look at World Cup related hacks, Kaspersky’s top tips for protection children from cyber bullying, and more.

On the back of the news that Anonymous Brazil have defaced and brought down a number of World Cup related websites and attacked top FIFA partner sites, Edward Parsons, senior manager in the cyber security at KPMG commented: “There were warnings about the potential for such attacks from the cyber security community about six months. It’s now normal for the risk of cyber attacks to rise before and during major events, though many organisations will have already prepared for this.”

“Issue-motivated groups have long used major sporting events as a platform to promote their cause. This kind of attack is the modern equivalent of a crowd protests outside an office. Cyber attacks have become a popular way of gaining notoriety and publicity, though it’s not clear what motivations were behind this attack but could well be the issues that have seen Brazilians protesting almost daily.”

Meanwhile, Kaspersky is warning parents and children of the dangers of cyber bullying ahead of Stop Cyberbullying Day on June 20th.

David Emm, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab has offered his top tip for parents:

  • Talk to them about the potential dangers.
  • Encourage them to talk to you about their online experience and, in particular, anything that makes them feel uncomfortable or threatened.
  • Set clear ground-rules about what they can and can’t do online and explain why you have put them in place. You should review these as your child gets older.
  • Use parental control software to establish the framework for what’s acceptable – how much time (and when) they can spend online, what content should be blocked, what types of activity should be blocked (chat rooms, forums, etc.). Parental control filters can be configured for different computer profiles, allowing you to customise the filters for different children.
  • Protect the computer using Internet security software.
  • Don’t forget their smartphone – these are sophisticated computers, not just phones. Most smartphones come with parental controls and security software providers may offer apps to filter out inappropriate content, senders of nuisance SMS messages, etc.

In other news:

  • Panda Security has launched a Beta Tester Challenge for its Panda Global Protection 2015. The winner will receive €600.
  • A new report from Forrester recommends Bromium as an alternative to endpoint anti-virus technologies.

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