CNET: Google Celebrates 2022 World Cup With Doodle, New Game. “The animated Doodle features a pair of multi-colored cleats practicing their passing skills with a ball as the world turns its attention to the biggest tournament in global football. Fans who want to get into the action themselves can Google ‘World Cup Qatar 2022’ on their mobile device to compete with other fans around the world.”
Politico: Don’t download Qatar World Cup apps, EU data authorities warn. “A message to football fans from Europe’s data protection chiefs: Qatar’s World Cup apps pose a massive privacy risk, so don’t download them. European data protection regulators have been lining up to warn about the risks posed by Qatar’s World Cup apps for visitors, with Germany’s data protection commissioner being the latest.”
CNET: World Cup phishing scams spotted a year ahead of the event. “Researchers for Kaspersky said Friday that between Aug. 15 and Oct. 15 of this year, they detected 11,000 phishing emails mainly containing scam invites to bid on contracts to supply goods or services for the World Cup. According to the researchers, this is a new tactic that’s not typical of sports-related fraud.”
BetaNews: Malware infections drop during World Cup matches — Result!. “Even if you’re not a soccer/football fan, it probably hasn’t escaped your notice that there’s a World Cup going on in Russia at the moment. We expect big sporting events to be exploited to launch phishing and malware campaigns but researchers at Enigma Software have spotted an interesting new phenomenon — malware infections actually drop on match days.”
Friday Fun from Joe: You can use this new website to help you find your World Cup twin. “A website built by Norwegian newspaper VG lets you find this the easy way. Just upload a photo of yourself – or your mates, or your dog, or a celebrity, or whoever – and it scans through all the players at the tournament, and pulls out your doppelgänger.” I was not struck by any great resemblance when I tried this, but it was amusing.
BetaNews: Fans targeted by phishing campaign as World Cup gets underway. “As the FIFA World Cup tournament enters its second week, cybercriminals are using a phishing campaign to trick fans into opening an infected attachment. Emails identified by Check Point attempt to lure would-be victims into downloading a schedule of fixtures and a result tracker, but doing so will prove to be an own goal.”
BetaNews: Keep track of the World Cup with Google. “A range of Google services — Search, News, Assistant, Trends and more — have been updated with World Cup-specific bits and pieces to help enhance your enjoyment of the tournament. From match streams and detailed reports to behind-the-scenes footage and tips about where you can watch games, there’s something for every fan here.”