Forget the hotels in Sochi, journalists should worry about getting hacked

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On Tuesday, while the rest of us were having fun watching journalists grapple with hotel conditions in Sochi, NBC News was getting hacked. On purpose.

ABC reported on the threat on Wednesday. James Gordon Meek wrote that, while government surveillance is an issue, so, apparently, are mobsters. Hacking mobsters.

Mobsters hack devices for passwords and data to facilitate digital larceny and, at times, can be used as proxies by the FSB [Federal Security Service] for any number of tasks, sources said. For instance, a recent cybersecurity report by private firm CrowdStrike fingered Russian intelligence as likely involved with, or at least aware of, the work of a hacker group known as “Energetic Bear,” which has targeted Western energy interests.

So let’s assume, for now, that if happy tweets start rolling out from journalists with photos of swanky rooms, Energetic Bear is behind them.

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