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France on security alert ahead of Olympics

France on security alert ahead of Olympics

Olympics Security Alert

The 2024 Paris Olympics is gearing up to be a spectacular global event, but cybersecurity concerns are mounting with millions of visitors expected. Experts warn that the Games will be a prime target for cybercriminals looking to exploit the surge in online activity and transactions. Joe Baer, vice president of field sales and services at a prominent cybersecurity firm, anticipates significant threats.

We can expect cyberattacks aimed at stealing sensitive data, disrupting critical infrastructure, sabotaging operations, extorting money, or spreading propaganda and misinformation,” he said. Cisco, an official partner for Paris 2024, predicts eight times more attacks compared to the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. The company is collaborating with the French Cybersecurity Agency and other partners to secure the communication and entertainment infrastructure connecting venues, teams, volunteers, and fans.

Mandiant executives have also raised concerns about disruptive operations targeting the Games. They advise organizations involved to update their threat profiles to account for potentially new threats. To bolster defenses, Paris Olympics organizers have enlisted the help of “white hat” hackers to identify vulnerabilities.

Olympic cybersecurity preparations intensify

Major cybersecurity firms like Cisco are deploying AI-based threat detection systems that can differentiate between minor disturbances and potentially catastrophic events. AI will play a significant role in fraud detection and defense.

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Blackbird’s Constellation platform, an AI-based narrative intelligence system, is designed to detect, analyze, and assess disinformation narratives across various platforms in over 25 languages. Grigory Yusupov, Regional Director of the UK and Rest of the World (ROW) at an identity verification platform provider, emphasizes the importance of robust identity verification methods to combat cybercrime during the Olympics. He warns of specific visitor risks, such as fake ticket websites and rental scams.

Yusupov stresses the need for businesses to implement reliable online identity verification methods, including ID document verification and biometrics. These measures are crucial for preventing fraud and complying with anti-money laundering regulations. As the Paris Olympics approach, heightened awareness and vigilance will be essential to maintain focus on the primary objective: sports.

By understanding the threats and implementing robust security measures, individuals and businesses can protect themselves from falling victim to cybercriminals and ensure a secure and enjoyable Olympic experience for all.

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