Cyberattack Russia World Cup 2018

Football fans around the world are gathering for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, it’s not all fun and games. Your cybersecurity is at risk and the chance of getting your phone, laptop and other electronic devices hacked is high if you’re planning to attend.

William Evanina, director of the FBI National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), warns travelers:

“Don’t assume you’re too insignificant to be targeted. Make no mistake—any data on those devices (especially your personally identifiable information) may be accessed by the Russian government or cyber criminals.”

Read the full statement and advice from the FBI and other counterintelligence agencies here.

Follow these tips to stay “cyber safe”:

  • Bring a “burner” phone instead: This is a cheap, pay-by-the-minute phone that you’ll use only while you’re there.
  • If you must bring a smartphone, make sure it’s up-to-date with the latest software.
  • Use all of your phone’s security features—like passcodes, fingerprint and facial recognition—and keep it locked when not in use.
  • Set up a “find my device” service so you can track, lock and erase your phone remotely if it’s lost or stolen.
  • Don’t use open or public wireless (Wi-Fi) networks.
  • Turn off lock-screen notifications which could give thieves a peak into your personal data even if they can’t open your phone.
  • Turn off all the auto-logins for your accounts and apps, even though it’s a chore to retype your passwords every time.

Stay safe and enjoy the World Cup!


About The Author

Bill Conn is a travel enthusiast and writer at Scribewise. His favorite travel destinations include Shanghai, Vancouver, Munich – and of course, his home town of Philadelphia. Visit

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