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FIFA World Cup 2022: a new target for cyber-attacks and privacy threats?

While a major global event approaches, cyber-attacks often increase. Back to 2018, Russia, the host nation of the FIFA World Cup was the prey to such incidents. 25 million cyber-attacks were shut off by the Russian security services. Fast forward to November 2022, Qatar is the country where the football tournament is held and with this, security issues peak with 1.7 million expected attendees.

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A massive cyber-attack in China

On Sunday 25th August 2013 China was hit by the “largest ever” cyber-attack on its internet network. As a consequence, all access to .cn websites was blocked for several hours, according to a government-linked agency. In other words, many Chinese websites went temporarily offline.  Source (photo): http://www.foxnews.com According to the “China…

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Cyber-attack on a Lithuanian news portal

During the 2013 Eurovision song contest, the Lithuanian websiteDelfi.lt revealed rigged voting from Lithuania giving extra votes to Russia. Obviously it is not cricket and not a good omen for Lithuania which will take over the EU presidency soon…cedric

Source (photo): http://www.ledauphine.com

The revelation of such news had relative impacts on the Internet in Lithuania.
Indeed, a threatening email was sent to editors of the DELFI website jeopardising them if they did not remove the article dealing with the vote-rigging scandal of the Eurovision song contest. However, the editors decided not to budge. As a consequence, DELFI was subjected to a “distributed denial of service” (DDOS) attack, which means a great deal of bogus requests made the web pages and other services which are hosted on the targeted servers not available to the rest of the world.
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