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2014 Press Release

Trend Micro goes on the offensive to defend World Cup fans from cyber threats

Virtual pick pocketing a threat to global fans

DALLAS, June 2, 2014 – Trend Micro, Inc., (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704) a global developer of security software solutions, is actively working to help defend against cyber threats related to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. As the international soccer tournament kicks off on June 12, global attention will be focused on Brazil and the pageantry and spectacle of one of the most popular sporting events.

Trend Micro has created an online resource to help World Cup fans and attendees with tools and information they can use to protect themselves from cybercriminals looking to exploit victims and carry out schemes and tricks.

“Our objective is to help ensure the world will not have its virtual pockets picked by cybercriminals," said Raimund Genes, CTO, Trend Micro. “We are here to monitor the globe for threats specific to the World Cup."

Information about these threats will be provided to the public via the online resource center to help protect World Cup fans against cybercriminals. The resource center offers the most current information on the latest threats detected by Trend Micro’s threat defense experts and includes tips on what to avoid when receiving World Cup related offers, purchasing merchandise, email threats and malware disguised as videos or news stories. The resource center also offers free software to help protect your computer or mobile device from malware and other threats.

Another feature of the security resource center is a quiz helping visitors determine what kind of sports fan they are and what online threats they are most likely to encounter based on a profile developed through the quiz. For example a visitor may find they are a “loyal supporter" who is a likely target for thieves when purchasing their favorite team’s merchandise online; or a “curious observer" who is keeping up with the World Cup casually but may fall victim of search result fraud as they seek out the latest information on the tournament.

A blog post containing a roundup of World Cup-related threats seen so far can be viewed here: TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog.

About Trend Micro

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in security software, strives to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Built on 25 years of experience, our solutions for consumers, businesses and governments provide layered data security to protect information on mobile devices, endpoints, gateways, servers and the cloud. Trend Micro enables the smart protection of information, with innovative security technology that is simple to deploy and manage, and fits an evolving ecosystem. All of our solutions are powered by cloud-based global threat intelligence, the Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ infrastructure, and are supported by more than 1,200 threat experts around the globe. For more information, visit

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