Larry Magid: Olympics In Russia A Hot Spot For Hackers

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — As people from all over the world are gathering in Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics to watch top athletes, it is also apparently a gathering spot for hackers. There are reports that people are being hacked the second they log onto a Russian network.

I can think back to when I went to a network security convention this past summer in Las Vegas called Black Hat. When I turned on my laptop, there was a Wi-Fi network that had almost the same name as mine, but it wasn’t.

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Somebody saw my network and set up one that is almost identical in hopes that I would have logged on to theirs. If I had, they would have essentially owned my computer.

When I was in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan…

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