FBI Warns US Athletes About Malicious Cyber ​​Activity During 2022 Olympics, Asks to Use Temporary Phones: Report

Deepak Gupta February 2, 2022
Updated 2022/02/02 at 10:01 AM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has urged U.S. athletes to keep their personal cell phones at home and use cell phones during the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Games, giving clear warning of potential malicious cyber activity during the Games, from according to Sputnik. .

The Cyber ​​Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said Tuesday in a statement that the FBI urges U.S. Olympic athletes to keep their personal cell phones at home and use disposable phones during the upcoming 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

“The FBI urges all athletes to keep their personal cell phone at home and use a temporary phone while participating in events,” CISA said in a statement.

Malicious cyber actors could use a wide range of cyber activities to disrupt the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the FBI has warned.

“These activities include distributed denial-of-service attacks, ransomware, malware, social engineering, data theft or leakage, phishing campaigns, disinformation campaigns and insider threats,” CISA said in the statement.

This came as human rights activists made allegations that Beijing is silencing critics internally ahead of the Winter Olympics and using arbitrary ways such as not letting activists out of their homes and putting them behind bars before the Olympics. The measure is intended to prevent any protest, criticism or condemnation by China related to human rights or other violations during the Beijing Winter Olympics.

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