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

AFP  |  Washington 

A top warned football fans traveling to for that their phones and computers could be hacked by Moscow's cyber spies.

William Evanina, 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 to attend 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 with you -- make no mistake -- any data on those devices (especially your personally identifiable information) may be accessed by the 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.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 10:20 IST
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