+93% of cyberattacks in France during the Champions League

June 2, 2023 at 12:50 p.m. by thomas

The Champions League increases the risk of piracy in France.

Approaching of the final match of the Champions LeagueThis June 10, with the opposition of Inter Milan and Manchester City, a study signed by the company Avast, a specialist in digital security, warns against the increased risk of cyberattacks, particularly in France, which rises to 93% in C1 party nights.

Illegal streaming platforms increase the risk of piracy

Data collected by Avast reveals that cybercriminals are exploiting the emotions of fans by offering free streaming links that actually hide cheats. Fans seeking free viewing are often faced with pop-ups, phishing sites, malicious ads, and other scams that aim to gain access to their personal data and digital devices.

The initial kick, the most critical moment of the match

Consumers of fraudulent sites can be tricked into downloading fraudulent software, revealing sensitive personal information, and clicking on deceptive pop-ups that can infect their devices and lead to financial loss or identity theft. The timing of the start of the Champions League matches is particularly critical. Avast saw a significant increase in suspicious URL blocks during the 2022-2023 competitive season. The company’s researchers analyzed the interactions between visitors and malicious sites in different European countries, including Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. The results show an increase in URL blocks during match days, with peaks almost exactly at kick-off time.

France is the second European country most threatened by cyberattacks

Unfortunately, among the countries studied, France is among the top in terms of risk, with a 93% increase in attacks during Champions League matches. The rest of the countries are not spared, with increases of 35% in Germany, 39% in the United Kingdom, 67% in Italy and up to 154% more in Spanish territory. To watch games safely, Avast offers three essential tips: choose authorized transmission methods, be vigilant before clicking suspicious links, and use reliable security software to block pop-ups and dangerous sites.

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