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U.S. Security Center warns: Americans could be hacker’s target in Russia World Cup

The biggest international football tournament contested is just hours away. Russian stadiums tomorrow, June 14, will open the doors for the FIFA World Cup 2018 and the top U.S. counterintelligence official is advising Americans travelling to Russia, “They are likely to be hacked by criminals or the Russian government.”

William Evanina, the FBI agent and the director of the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center, warned Americans World Cup travellers to not assume they’re too insignificant to be hacker’s target.

“If you’re planning on taking a mobile phone, laptop, PDA, or other electronic devices with you - make no mistake - any data on those devices (especially your personally identifiable information) may be accessed by the Russian government or cybercriminals,” Evanina stated to Reuters on Tuesday and added. “If you can do without the device, don’t take it. If you must take one, take a different device from your usual one and remove the battery when not in use.”

Britain’s National Cyber Security Center issued similar security advice to British citizens and to the England football team just before their departure to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

“When I travel to Russia, I bring ‘burner’ devices, so if they get hacked, it doesn’t really matter.” Patrick Wardle, the private Cybersecurity expert said, advising the British traveller to use in Russia a burner device, which typically is just for temporary use then, can be thrown away.

Germany’s National football team is the 20th FIFA World Cup 2014 Champion after an impressive derby with Argentina’s National team.

Russia national Football Team opens the games tomorrow at 8 am against Saudi Arabia and is expected to win. The second game of the World Cup contest is Egypt against Uruguay.

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