William Evanina, an FBI agent and the director of the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center, is advising Americans traveling to the World Cup in Russia not to take their electronic devices because they will most likely be hacked, either by criminals or the Russian government.
Evanina told Reuters on Tuesday that even if travelers think they are insignificant, they are still likely to be targeted.
“If you’re planning on taking a mobile phone, laptop, other electronic device with you - make no mistake - any data on those devices (especially personally identifiable information) may be accessed by the Russian government or cyber criminals,”
If travelers must bring a phone, use a disposable device and take the battery out when its not in use, according to Evanina.
According to another anonymous U.S. official, British intelligence have issued similar warnings to the British public and the England football team.