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World Cup and broadband access raise IT security issues

South Africa faces a "perfect storm" over security as it ramps up broadband capacity in the run-up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in June, according to security firm Symantec.

Symantec has seen a surge in malicious activity in countries introducing faster, more accessible broadband, said Gordon Love, regional director for Africa at Symantec.

"Our research has also shown that events such as the Soccer World Cup trigger online fraud, fake websites, phishing and spam attacks, and hacking," he said.

The UK's Scotland Yard has already discovered and closed more than 100 criminal scams related to the World Cup.

Egypt shot to the top of listings for malicious activity in Europe, the Middle East and Africa in 2008 after the government prioritised internet connectivity.

Symantec's Global Security Response team is installing additional network sensors in South Africa to ramp up the monitoring of threat activity on the internet.

The firm is to launch a website on 8 January to provide information on internet threat activity related to the World Cup.

The information will be drawn from Symantec's Global Intelligence Network, which monitors internet traffic in more than 200 countries.


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