Russia has brought in 50,000 members of law enforcement to the city to prevent potential terrorism during the Winter Olympic Games.
However, 50,000 “boots on the ground” can do little to stop the hackers who seem to be running rampant in Sochi.
Take the experience of journalist Richard Engel (pictured) as reported on NBC Nightly News:
We took two brand new computers out of their boxes and connected them to the internet. In a minute, hackers were snooping around, trying to see how secure the machines were. Very soon, I received a customized phishing message … when I tried to look at what had been sent, my computer was hijacked. The same thing happened with my cell phone.
Even if the massive police presence can keep everyone safe from physical harm, visitors to the Olympics can expect to definitely be the target of multiple hacking attempts.
Besides the threat from hackers and what Engel calls a “strong criminal underworld” in Russia, visitors will be susceptible to spying from Russia’s intelligence operations, which are legally allowed to conduct surveillance on anyone in the country.