Security at the Olympics

The 2014 Olympic games is pretty much the biggest thing in the news right now.  Athletes and spectators from all over the world are attending, bringing with them all sorts of computers.  These devices are a huge target for hackers.  A security expert set up two computers to test the internet security at the games; both were hacked in less than a day.  The State department says that visitors “should have no expectation of privacy”.  In an unfamiliar environment, people have a tendency to connect to whatever network is available, regardless of whether it is secure or not.  This is a huge threat; the increased complexity of computers and the push towards simpler, user-friendly systems puts devices that handle people’s email, personal information, and finances into the hands of people who have no idea how they work.  An unsecure Wi-Fi router near a café, or other place people are likely to stop and check devices could compromise many people’s privacy.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57618407-83/sochi-visitors-entering-hacking-minefield-by-firing-up-electronics/

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One thought on “Security at the Olympics

  1. Computer security isn’t something most athletes and visitors think about on the Olympics. This article shows that there is a big risk. The risks connecting to these networks should be spread and the responsible for the organization should be prepared to deal with hackers and make it more secure.
    Not only in the Olympics, but also in all bigger events computer security should be taken more seriously and secure networks should be provided.

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