When the World Cup kicked off earlier this month, so did a wave of Internet security threats.Malicious e-mails and phishing scams are deliberately designed to exploit sports fans, according to Websense country manager Joel Camissar."[Their] techniques are designed to lure people after tickets, merchandise or other memorabilia into their scams. ... We\u2019re already seeing the World Cup being used as a vehicle by online fraudsters," he said.It is a slight change in online threats from the usual money-driven scams, run by highly organized criminals."A recent e-mail scam in Japan, run by the Russian Mafia, offered access to premium World Cup tickets for 10 Australian dollars (US$7.42) via a website. It was a hugely successful phishing scam that trapped a lot of people," Camissar said.He also warned of another World Cup e-mail scam that offers a wall chart of the event which, when executed, infects the user with a Trojan. To minimize risk, Camissar recommends individuals ensure they run the latest anti-virus signatures and anti-spyware programs, update firewalls, and install recent operating system patches.He said businesses should ensure the same and also connect filtering software on Web gateways to block non-reputable sites."But most important is education. Ensure you and your employees are aware of malicious threats and preventative measures, and see to it that they report anything they see as a risk," he said.-Darren Pauli, Computerworld Today (Australia)Related Links:\n\nSecurity Scores Big at World Cup Tournament\n\nTrojan Horse Lurks in World Cup Tournament E-Mail\n\nNo Hooligans, Danke (CSO)Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.