The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia this week, with more than a million people expected to travel to Moscow to witness the biggest sporting event in the world. But if you’re heading to the Cup, you can count on more than the usual soccer hooligans. According to U.S. counter-intelligence, FIFIA fans could face myriad of cyber-punks.
William Evanina, the Director of the US National Counterintelligence and Security Center, warned World Cup travelers. “If you’re planning on taking a mobile phone or laptop with you – make no mistake – any data on those devices may be accessed by the Russian government or cybercriminals.” While it’s impossible to be 100% digitally secure and none of us can realistically disengage from our devices for any length of time, use special caution at all times but especially at airports, when using public wi-fi and in hotel rooms.