A warning has been issued about suspicious emails appearing to be coming from the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
According to the Committee, the emails are designed to look like they are coming from a Tokyo 2020 staff member.
Once the email is opened, recipients will either be redirected to a phishing website or have their computers infected with malware.
“Although the email may look official and legitimate, if you have no reason to receive such an email or if the content is questionable, you should not click on the link or open any attached files,” officials said in a statement.
The multi-sport international event is set to take place between 24 July to 9 August in Tokyo, Japan.
This isn’t the first time Tokyo 2020 have been targeted by threat actors. According to a KYODO NEWS report, a group of hackers were targeting the American and Japanese public by emailing them fake offers to tickets to the 2020 Olympics.
The emails would redirect individuals to fake websites to steal personal information, subsequently contaminating their devices with viruses and allowing threat actors to steal money from their bank accounts or conduct future cyberattacks.
“More cyberattacks that target the Tokyo Olympics can be expected as the world focuses on the sporting event,” said Antuit’s Japanese branch VP, Shuhei Igareshi.
“Assuming phishing scams will occur, we will continue to gather information and give the heads-up,” the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee said.
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