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Sochi Olympics visitors - the problem of hacking in Russia

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Sochi Olympics - All visitors to the games - your electronic devices are

very vulnerable to being hacked in Russia

Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent NBC News, confirmed on air that his laptop

and cell phone were almost immediately hacked as soon as he touched down in Russia.

Engel is one of hundreds of journalists from around the world in Sochi, Russia to cover

the Winter Olympics. Under the assumption that they would be hacked, the NBC crew

was prepared to find out just how quickly and easily it could happen.

Before getting to Russia, the NBC team set up fake social media accounts, with fake

emails and contacts associated to Engel’s name. Once in the Olympic city, they

opened two new Mac computers that had never been used before. They then uploaded

the fake accounts to the new computer. Once Engel turned on his phone in a nearby

cafe, a dangerous malware application immediately began downloading to his phone.

Less than 24 hours later, hackers had used the information taken from Engel’s cellphone

activated from public WiFi, and accessed the two new computers.

Laptops, computer and mobiles hacked in Russia[

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