Visitors to Sochi Olympics Will Be Instantly Hacked

Richard Engel watches as his phone gets totally owned. (YouTube)

Proving yet again what a fabulous idea it was to stage the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, NBC has discovered that all the Games’ attendees can expect to immediately get hacked as soon as they get to Sochi.

“The State Department warned that travelers should have no expectation of privacy, even in their hotel rooms,” NBC’s Richard Engel said in a report on Brian Williams’s show last night. “And as we found out, you are especially exposed as soon as you try to communicate with anything.” Read More

The Internet Versus

Olympic Committee Apparently Determined to Suck the Fun out of Twitter

Pretty sure if we actually use an image of the Olympics, we're getting sued. (Photo: Flickr.com/revstan)

The Olympics don’t get going for another month, but it’s looking like the games may already be headed for a bruising run-in with the Internet. ReadWriteWeb has found the International Olympic Committee’s social media guidelines for participants and boy, this does not sound like a great strategy for pulling off the first “socialympics.”

Blog posts and tweets are deemed “entirely acceptable.”  However! They must be in “a first-person, diary-type format and should not be in the role of a journalist.” That mean that they are not allowed to “comment on the activities of other participants or accredited persons.” Isn’t minding other people’s business, like, Twitter’s primary use case?

It also sounds like the Committee may very well frown on fun? The rules continue: Read More