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.
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.