Athletes participating in the Beijing Games are urged to use mobile phones and disposable computers
Athletes from several countries, including the United States, have been asked to leave their cellphones and laptops at home due to high cyber espionage risks at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.
The Olympic committees of the Netherlands, Britain, Australia and Canada have issued recommendations for their athletes as each country expects China to introduce heightened surveillance during the Winter Games.
Team USA published in a technology bulletin that athletes should consider using rental, disposable computers, cell phones and virtual private networks (VPNs) at a minimum when competing in China. If athletes are not using the recommended devices, the bulletin urges athletes to erase all personal data from their devices prior to arrival and departure.
“Like computers, mobile phone data and applications are prone to malicious intrusion, infection, and data compromise,” the Team USA advisory states.
While several countries have issued recommendations to their athletes regarding the risks of cyber surveillance, the Beijing 2022 organizing committee said in a statement that “personal information” will not be “disclosed unless disclosure is necessary. “.
“Information from accredited media representatives will only be used for purposes related to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”
Athletes participating in the Winter Games will begin arriving in Beijing later this month. The opening ceremony will take place on February 4.
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