FIFA 2018 World Cup is here, the good thing: It’s the largest soccer fiesta in the world; the bad: It’s holding in a country that has been accused of phone hacking in the past.
In some hours from now, the entire world will see the opening match right in Russia and across the world.
To those who are already in Russia or will be traveling to the country for live matches right in the various stadiums, top United States counterintelligence official has advised that football fans should be very careful with their electronic devices: tablets, phones, laptop and other gadgets that require internet connection.
According to security experts, hacking in Russia 2018 FIFA world cup is imminent considering the antecedents of the host country.
The warning was specifically issued to the Americans travelling to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup scheduled to begin on June 14, it says they should not take electronic devices along with them.
According to security experts in America, the devices are likely to be hacked by criminals or the Russian government.
FBI agent and the director of the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center, William Evanina, warned World Cup travelers that even if they think they are insignificant, hackers could still target them.
“If you’re planning on taking a mobile phone, laptop, PDA, or other electronic device with you, make no mistake; any data on those devices may be accessed by the Russian government or cyber criminals,” he said.
Such data especially your personally identifiable information are vulnerable.
“Corporate and government officials are most at risk, but don’t assume you’re too insignificant to be targeted,” Evanina added.
How to avoid hacking in Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup:
1) If you can do without your device, don’t take it. This may be a tough decision though.
2) Take a different device that doesn’t contain your personal data
3) Remove battery of your device when not in use.
4) Try as much as possible to avoid connection with public WIFI for internet access.
5) Use ‘burner’ devices, “so if they get hacked, it doesn’t really matter.” A burner device is typically bought for temporary use, then thrown away.
It’d be recalled that Russia was acussed of tampering with U.S election result through her sophisticated hacking tools, investigation is still ongoing though to determine Russia’s real involvement in the US 2016 presidential election.
Trump has repeatedly denied there was any collusion and Russia has said it did not meddle in the U.S. election.
UK also warns her citizens traveling for Russia 2018
Agency report also reported that British security agencies have issued similar warnings to its public and England football.
Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it was “providing expert cyber security advice to the (UK) Football Association ahead of their departure to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.”
The NCSC, a branch of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), Britain’s electronic eavesdropping agency, also issued a warning to the British public.
Private Cyber security expert Patrick Wardle said the official warnings constituted “really good advice.
In April, 2018, Russia was accused of hacking into routers with the aim of stealing vital information of users.
According report, hacking isn’t anything new when Russia is mentioned, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) noted that multiple cyber security research groups have reported such activity since 2015.
“This is not something new, and is not something that has developed in response to Salisbury and Syria,” said Keir Giles, a senior consulting fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at thinktank Chatham House.
“But it’s something that is entirely consistent with how Russia thinks about information warfare.” That includes standard cyber attacks as well as “targeting of mass consciousness and public opinion”.
Routers are a weak point in security because they’re frequently left unpatched, have legacy unencrypted protocols, or weak default settings for easy installation — indeed, the technical alert notes that “Russian cyber actors do not need to leverage zero-day vulnerabilities or install malware to exploit these devices.” In short, they don’t need to be sophisticated.
Considering the popularity of FIFA World Cup and the large number of fans it gets every year, we urge you to keep your data and other personal information away from hackers.
Hacking in Russia 2018 FIFA world cup is real!
What other security tips do you know that could help football fans stay safe in Russia? Share your thoughts with us.