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Cybercrime experts to monitor 'drive-by downloads' at Euros

Experts from Cardiff University will be trawling through thousands of suspicious links that are spread across social media during this year’s European Football Championships in an attempt to crack down on the spreading of malicious computer viruses.

The tournament has been specifically chosen to trial the detection systems due to the huge number of tweets that are sent Credit: PA

The researchers will be deploying a trained computer, known as an ‘intelligent system’, to trawl through thousands of inconspicuous URLs that are tacked on to a vast array of tweets relating to the ‘Euro 2016’ tournament in France.

The tournament has been specifically chosen to trial the detection systems due to the large volume of tweets that are sent during this time.

According to data taken in 2014, the football World Cup that took place in Brazil was the most tweeted about event ever.

It is hoped the information can be used to help law enforcement authorities develop a future warning system that can flag a malicious link to the computer user in real-time.

Once infected the malware can turn your computer into a zombie computer and become part of a global network of machines used to hide information or route further attacks.

At the moment many existing anti-virus solutions identify malware using known code signatures, which make it difficult to detect previously unseen attacks. Our system is making a decision using code behaviour, which is more difficult for cyber criminals to mask.

– Dr Pete Burnap, Cardiff University