|Photo: Security Researcher Kyle Willhoit, Courtesy of NBCNEWS|
It’s possible the news report may not be accurate. Robert Graham of Errata Security posts his opinions,
“That NBC story 100% fraudulent”. I’m interested to see if other researchers provide their opinion.
Mark Nunnikhoven (Twitter @marknca) and Kyle Willhoit (Twitter @lowcalspam) security researchers at Trend Micro (Twitter @TrendMicro) comment on the news segment in two blog posts, “Remember the Audience” and “Details Behind the NBC Honeypots: Part 2”.
[Original Post, February 6, 2014]
NBCNEWS reporter Richard Engel (Twitter @RichardEngel) describes the security situation on the ground in Sochi for those traveling to the 2014 Olympic events. Engel working with security researcher Kyle Willhoit, executed a series of security experiments designed to measure the length of time it takes hackers to compromise decoy laptops and phones loaded with fake information. You won’t like the results, there are broad security implications for all mobile device users. If you have not watched the NBCNEWS Nightly News segment, (video) “Hacked Within Minutes: Sochi Visitors Face Internet Minefield”, you should take a look.
“Malicious software hijacked our phone, before we even finished our coffee.”[Richard Engel, NBCNEWS]