The United States advises athletes not to use cell phones at the 2022 Winter Olympics for safety reasons.
BEIJING – American athletes must leave their own cell phones at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Instead, athletes should use disposable cell phones, according to the US Olympic Committee. Your smartphones can be monitored during the Winter Games in China.
US athletes at the 2022 Olympics must assume that “every device, connection, transaction, and online activity can be monitored,” The Wall Street Journal quotes from a report sent to Team USA in December 2021. The US official warns: “Your device may be hacked malicious software, which may negatively affect its use in the future.”
Olympics 2022: USA warns athletes not to be watched in China
It’s not just the United States warning its athletes traveling to the 2022 Winter Olympics, which begin on February 4. The Canadian Olympic Committee said it had advised athletes that the “Olympic Games present a unique cybercrime opportunity” and recommended that they exercise more care, leave personal belongings at home and reduce the storage of personal information on devices.
Ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Great Britain and the Netherlands also advised athletes to take precautions. The British Olympic Association has confirmed that it has given guidance to athletes so they can make their own decisions about taking equipment, according to the Wall Street Journal. Athletes who do not take their cell phones with them should have access to borrowing devices.
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The Dutch federation has informed the athletes that it distributes and destroys cell phones after their return, reports Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant. However, the association did not want to comment on the procedure. “Our main concern is to create an ideal environment for our athletes to perform to their best to date in safe and healthy conditions. For the efficiency of our work, we don’t think it makes sense to publish it,” association spokesman John Van Vliet was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has not commented on US requests that its athletes not bring their mobile phones to the 2022 Olympics. Ordinarily, according to the Wall Street Journal, it is not uncommon for the IOC to warn Olympic participants of potential cyber attacks, because the pool Many well-known people in one place present a good opportunity for potential attackers – no matter where.
China is a special case due to the crackdown on minorities and censorship of news portals and social media. There are also calls for a boycott of the 2022 Olympics. Before warning the athletes, the United States and other Western countries had already announced a political boycott of the Games in China. (Max Schaefer)
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