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Microsoft is warning of the threat malicious cyber actors pose to stadium operations, noting that the cyber risk surface of live sporting events is “rapidly expanding.”

“Information on athletic performance, competitive advantage, and personal information is a lucrative target,” the company said in a Cyber Signals report shared with The Hacker News. “Sports teams, major league and global sporting associations, and entertainment venues house a trove of valuable information desirable to cybercriminals.”

“Unfortunately, this information can be vulnerable at-scale, due to the number of connected devices and interconnected networks in these environments.”

The company specifically singled out hospitals delivering critical support and health services for fans and players as being targets of ransomware attacks, resulting in service disruptions.

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