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World Cup 2018 : US spy warns Russians will hack phones, computers

World Cup 2018 : US spy warns Russians will hack phones, computers

A top US intelligence official warned football fans traveling to Russia for the World Cup 2018 that their phones and computers could be hacked by Moscow’s cyber spies.

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An Indian artisan works on clay model of the FIFA world cup trophy ordered by football fan clubs for decoration, ahead of the upcoming FIFA Russia 2018 World Cup, in Kolkata on June 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO

William Evanina, Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said that in Russia, even people who believe they are too unimportant to be hacked can be targeted.

“Anyone traveling to Russia to attend the World Cup 2018 should be clear-eyed about the cyber risks involved,” Evanina said in a statement.


“If you’re planning on taking a mobile phone, laptop, PDA, or other electronic device with you — make no mistake — any data on those devices (especially your personally identifiable information) may be accessed by the Russian government or cyber criminals.”

Evanina, in charge of the agency that assesses and counters the threat to the Untied States from foreign espionage, said that people attending the World Cup, which begins on Thursday, should leave behind any devices they can do without.

For devices they take with them, they should remove the battery when it is not in use, he said.

“Corporate and government officials are most at risk, but don’t assume you’re too insignificant to be targeted.”

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