It’s a well-known fact that worker productivity dips during the World Cup. But there is a surprising upside to workers switching off their computers and zipping off to their local pub to watch the game. According to this Yahoo Sports article, malware infections dropped by 20 percent during World Cup match days in countries whose teams are playing in the World Cup.
“A day to day drop that dramatic can only happen when people get offline in massive amounts,” explains Ryan Gerding, a spokesperson for EnigmaSoft, maker of anti-malware software. In every country that experienced a drop, infections jumped back up the next day.
Interestingly, Russia is the only country not to experience a decrease in malware when its team is playing. On match days when the national team was playing, Russia experienced a 5.98 percent increase in malware infections.