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Paranoia: U.S. says Russians will hack you even if you are insignificant

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The top U.S. counterintelligence official is advising Americans traveling to Russia for football’s World Cup they are likely to be hacked by criminals or the Russian government.

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U.S. agencies have issued similar warnings before other major international sporting events, including the recent Winter Olympics in Seoul.

William Evanina, an FBI agent and the director of the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said in a Tuesday statement that even those who see themselves as insignificant could become victims of Russian spying.

“If you’re planning on taking a mobile phone, laptop, PDA, or another electronic device with you—make no mistake—any data on those devices (especially your personally identifiable information) may be accessed by the Russian government or cyber criminals,” Evanina said, according to Reuters.

Although the agent warned that U.S. government officials and businessmen face greater risks from hackers, he said nobody should “assume” they are “too insignificant to be targeted.”

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