As soccer fans from around the world head to Russia for the World Cup matches this week, Reuters came up with an exclusive interview with the top U.S. counterspy.
FBI agent William Evanina directs the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center.
His warning is quite clear. You cannot expect cybersecurity or privacy on your devices if you travel to Russia.
“If you’re planning on taking a mobile phone, laptop, PDA, or other electronic device with you - make no mistake - any data on those devices (especially your personally identifiable information) may be accessed by the Russian government or cyber criminals.
If you can do without the device, don’t take it. If you must take one, take a different device from your usual one and remove the battery when not in use.”