Internet Minefield: NBC Reporter was immediately hacked in Sochi! Your Phone & Laptop will be hacked as well.

planning-a-trip-to-sochi-for-winter-olympics-think-again-your-phone-and-laptop-could-be-hackedDevices brought to Sochi get apparently hacked within few moments of being connected to a Wi-Fi network, according to NBC Nightly News’ experiment.

Richard Engel of NBC News, as explained in this video clip said his devices in Sochi were hacked within few seconds and loaded with bogus information decoys. Public WI-Fi networks are anyways infamous for being gateways for hackers, and that does not apply to Russian Olympic Village alone. Your devices’ integrity could be compromised anywhere.

Being alert and proactive in safeguarding your device goes a long way. It would be a good idea to use Virtual Private Networks (VPN). More details about it are available here.

And while in Sochi—better use your devices to minimum.

Pushpa Mishra

Pushpa is a Dubai based scientific academic editor who worked for Reuters' Zawya business magazine and at the same time a passionate writer for HackRead. From the very first day she has been a blessing for team Hackread. Thanks to her dedication and enthusiasm.