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Cybercrime looks set to rise in city in 2014

Team Sky's Chris Froome of Great Britain during the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris, France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.  Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

Team Sky's Chris Froome of Great Britain during the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris, France. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

Global events such as the 2014 World Cup, Tour de France and Winter Olympics, will leave us all vulnerable to cyber threats in the coming year, officials in Sheffield have warned.

The warning, from staff of Sheffield’s Business Crime Reduction Centre, comes as the city gears up for an exciting year which will see it host part of the world famous Tour de France for the first time.

Speaking on behalf of the BCRC - which works in partnership with Yorkshire-based charity People United Against Crime - Lucy Straker said: “In preparation for the thrills and spills of the year ahead, it’s vital businesses and individuals remain aware of the dangers, which are likely to see them become a huge target for spam email trying to sell fake event tickets or cheap flights, when actually the aim is to steal details for identity theft.”

According to the company, other threats likely to increase this year are the use of malicious smartphone apps, data leaks from Smart TVs and gaming consoles, telephone system hacks and mandate fraud.

 

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