Sochi hacking? Don't worry, your mobile devices aren't safe anywhere

Mobile devices aren't just under threat in Sochi, Russia, as they can be compromised anywhere.

Published Fri, Feb 7 2014 11:40 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games are currently underway from Sochi, Russia, where the Russian government and cyber criminal groups are reportedly compromising smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other consumer electronics. Even after a recent NBC News report that indicated its reporters were quickly digitally compromised, research firm Gartner also reminds users that they face security risks everywhere they go with their devices.

Sochi hacking? Don't worry, your mobile devices aren't safe anywhere |

As the media loves attention-grabbing headlines, such as Russian FSB and criminals can't wait to hack western mobile devices during the Olympics, cyber security threats are daily occurrences for many users. The Gartner blog published by Paul Proctor, VP Distinguished Analyst, also called out NBC for not carefully wording the published story - a bit of fear mongering an anti-Russian spying sentiment helped NBC with page views, though didn't offer a 100 percent genuine look at cyber threats.

Furthermore, many of the attacks focusing Sochi guests aren't geographically dependent, and the same security limitations and phishing attacks plague users every day at the local coffee shop, library, or shopping center.


An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog,, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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