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Thursday, February 06, 2014

If you're going to Sochi, you will be hacked

Along with the less-than-ideal accommodations  for the journalists already in Sochi , people have yet another reason to worry  upon arriving in Russia for the Winter Olympics.
According to a report by NBC News, it’s entirely likely that you will get hacked almost as soon as you land in Sochi.
Hackers are prepared to compromise your devices and steal your data the moment you log into any electronic device that can access the Internet. And as NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel discovered, it wasn’t ifyou would get hacked, but rather when.
“The State Department warned that travelers should have no expectation of privacy, even in their hotel rooms,” Engel said. “And as we found out, you are especially exposed as soon as you try to communicate with anything.
To test his theory, Engel brought two laptops to Sochi and uploaded a fake identity with the help of an American security expert. He tried the same experiment with a smartphone. The hackers got to him both times.
Kaspersky Labs is tasked with protecting Sochi from hackers during the Winter Olympics, but according to an expert, visitors will bring so many electronic devices that hackers have plenty of alternatives to target

Engel’s advice? Leave your electronic devices at home.

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