NBC News’ Richard Engel’s computer was hacked almost immediately upon arrival in Sochi. Together with an American computer expert, Engel decided to test the Russia’s privacy system with bringing to brand new computers with a false identity. Upon connecting the computers to the Internet in Sochi, Engel started to receive suspicious e-mails at the very same minute which hijacked the computer immediately after opening one of them. Within 24 hours, both of Engel’s computers were hacked as well as his phone; giving the hackers ability to tap and record phone calls.
“The State Department warns that travellers should have no expectation of privacy, even in their hotel rooms. And as we found out, you are especially exposed as soon as you try to communicate with anything”, Engel told NBC.