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FBI Urging Olympic Athletes to Keep Personal Phones at Home

At the 2020 Games there were 450 million attempted cyber intrusions.
FBI urging Olympic athletes to keep personal phones at home
Volunteers take photos with their phones at the Main Media Center ahead of Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, in Beijing, Jan. 30, 2022.

ABC News


The FBI on Monday issued a stern warning for U.S. Olympic athletes traveling to Beijing for the Winter Olympics: keep your personal cellphones at home and use a burner phone.

“The FBI urges all athletes to keep their personal cell phones at home and use a temporary phone while at the Games,” according to a notice sent by the agency. “While there were no major cyber disruptions, the most popular attack methods used were malware, email spoofing, phishing and the use of fake websites and streaming services designed to look like official Olympic service providers.”

“These activities include distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, ransomware, malware, social engineering, data theft or leaks, phishing campaigns, disinformation campaigns, or insider threats, and when successful, can block or disrupt the live broadcast of the event, steal or leak sensitive data, or impact public or private digital infrastructure supporting the Olympics,” the FBI warned.

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