US counterspy warns World Cup travelers' their digital devices could be hacked while in Russia
Soccer Football - World Cup - Sochi, Russia - June 12, 2018 General view of a World Cup sign in Sochi REUTERS/Hannah McKay

The top U.S. counter-intelligence official is advising Americans traveling to Russia for football’s World Cup beginning this week that they should not take electronic devices because they are likely to be hacked by criminals or the Russian government.


In a statement to Reuters, William Evanina, an FBI agent and the director of the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center, warned World Cup travelers that even if they think they are insignificant, hackers could still target them.

Reporting by Mark Hosenball, editing by Jonathan Oatis