Beware of the Risks of Online Gaming and Fantasy Football

By Robert Siciliano


August may mean the last days of summer vacation and start of back to school for some, but for die hard NFL fans it also means the return of football (American football that is). And for many this also means the start of their fantasy football league.

And though these fantasy teams are not real, the money and numbers behind them are real. The Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) reported that approximately $1.67 billion was spent on fantasy football in 2012 and in 2013, there were approximately 25.8 million fantasy football players in the United States. It’s one of the fastest growing industries in the United States and is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 7.6%. A quick Google search of “fantasy football” generates 397,000,000 results.

And why is this important? Because hackers are aware of these numbers and like anything else, they go where the numbers are. With fantasy footballers searching online looking for in-depth information on their players, you could be exposing yourself to risk. Participating in a fantasy football leagues and cyber gambling are two of the biggest attractors of cybercrime.

So as you’re getting ready to “get in the game,” …read more

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