With the Olympic Winter Games opening ceremony due to take place on Friday, four years of waiting and painstaking preparations are nearly over for US athletes heading to Sochi. But before the hard work really begins, here at Trend Micro we’d like to encourage everyone taking part to think about one final piece of training. It might just help to keep your personal data out of the hands of cyber criminals.
As with all major sporting events, attendees at these games will be targeted by hackers looking to breach your PC or smartphone defenses, hack your online accounts or even eavesdrop on private conversations. Our Senior Threat Researcher Kyle Wilhoit recently traveled to Sochi with NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel to see exactly what the risks are to visitors and the results are shocking. You can read more about Kyle’s experience here.
Although cyber criminals can theoretically launch these attacks from anywhere in the world, Russia and Eastern Europe is a particular hotbed of malicious online activity. In our ground-breaking 2012 report, Russian Underground 101, we highlighted the huge online black market in stolen data, malware and hacking services in the region.
We’d urge all of you, therefore, to follow these few simple steps to stay safe during the games. Let’s make sure Sochi 2014 is the stuff dreams are made of for Team USA, and not a winter wonderland for cyber criminals.
Good luck, and if you want any more handy hints on how to stay safe on the cyber slopes this coming year, read our newest guide, “7 Reasons Why Users Need To Rethink Security.”
Now let the Olympic Games begin!