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The thrill of packed stadiums, the electrifying atmosphere, and the shared passion for football – the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar promises an unforgettable experience. But amidst the excitement, it’s crucial to remember that cyber threats can lurk in the digital shadows. To ensure a safe and secure tournament for everyone, responsible reporting of suspicious activity is paramount.

Imagine this: you’re browsing the official AFC Asian Cup website at a fan zone, connecting to the public Wi-Fi. Suddenly, a phishing email disguised as a ticket confirmation pops up, requesting your personal information. Or, you notice someone using a device to capture credit card details at an ATM near the stadium. What do you do?

Don’t hesitate – report it! Your vigilance can help prevent cybercrime and protect fellow fans from harm. Here are 10 ways you can be a cybersecurity hero during the AFC Asian Cup:

  1. Know What to Report: Be aware of common cyber threats like phishing scams, malware attacks, suspicious network activity, and data breaches.
  2. Identify Red Flags: Watch out for emails, texts, or website pop-ups requesting personal information, offering unrealistic deals, or containing suspicious links.
  3. Report Phishing Attempts: If you encounter a phishing scam, forward the email or screenshot to the official AFC Asian Cup phishing reporting channel or relevant authorities.
  4. Witness Tampering? Act!: If you see someone tampering with ATMs, public Wi-Fi hotspots, or suspicious activity involving devices, inform security personnel or tournament officials immediately.
  5. Lost or Stolen Devices: Report lost or stolen devices promptly to your network provider and relevant authorities. This helps deactivate SIM cards and track potential misuse.
  6. Suspicious Online Activity: Report any unusual activity on official tournament websites, apps, or ticketing platforms to the organizers or cybersecurity authorities.
  7. Social Media Savvy: Report fake accounts, impersonation attempts, or suspicious content related to the AFC Asian Cup on social media platforms.
  8. Spread Awareness: Share cybersecurity tips and reporting guidelines with fellow fans to promote collective vigilance against cyber threats.
  9. Stay Informed: Follow official AFC Asian Cup channels and cybersecurity advisories for updates on potential threats and reporting procedures.
  10. Empower Others: Encourage friends, family, and fellow fans to be responsible digital citizens and report suspicious activity during the tournament.

Remember, every report, no matter how small, can make a significant difference. By working together, we can create a secure and enjoyable AFC Asian Cup experience for everyone. Let’s make cybersecurity a winning goal, both on and off the pitch!


The roar of the crowd, the electrifying energy of the pitch, the shared passion for the beautiful game – the AFC Asian Cup in Qatar promises an unforgettable experience. But amidst the excitement, let’s not forget our digital well-being. By understanding common cyber threats, being vigilant, and reporting suspicious activity responsibly, we can all play a crucial role in safeguarding the AFC Asian Cup and ensuring a safe and secure experience for everyone. So, cheer on your favorite teams, celebrate the goals, but always connect with caution, report responsibly, and let’s turn cybersecurity into a winning play in this Asian football extravaganza! Together, we can ensure that the beautiful game remains untarnished by the shadows of cyber threats.

Ouaissou DEMBELE
Ouaissou DEMBELEhttps://cybercory.com
Ouaissou DEMBELE is an accomplished cybersecurity professional and the Editor-In-Chief of cybercory.com. He has over 10 years of experience in the field, with a particular focus on Ethical Hacking, Data Security & GRC. Currently, Ouaissou serves as the Co-founder & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Saintynet, a leading provider of IT solutions and services. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company's cybersecurity strategy, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, and identifying and mitigating potential threats, as well as helping the company customers for better & long term cybersecurity strategy. Prior to his work at Saintynet, Ouaissou held various positions in the IT industry, including as a consultant. He has also served as a speaker and trainer at industry conferences and events, sharing his expertise and insights with fellow professionals. Ouaissou holds a number of certifications in cybersecurity, including the Cisco Certified Network Professional - Security (CCNP Security) and the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), ITIL. With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Ouaissou is a valuable member of the cybercory team and a trusted advisor to clients seeking to enhance their cybersecurity posture.


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