Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
This may be one of those cases because it's about the soccer ball that Russian President Vladimir Putin gave to U.S. President Donald Trump at the recent Helsinki Summit.
It turns out, this ball is part of the Internet of Things (IoT) and has a chip inside that transmits to nearby devices. Who knew?
Bloomberg reports on this intriguing story:
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gift of a soccer ball to U.S. President Donald Trump last week set off a chorus of warnings—some of them only half in jest—that the World Cup souvenir could be bugged. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham even tweeted, “I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.”
It turns out they weren’t entirely wrong. Markings on the ball indicate that it contained a chip with a tiny antenna that transmits to nearby phones.
And cybersecurity writer and expert Scott Schober even appeared on Inside Edition for a little demonstration so we can see what is typically inside these soccer balls: