At Olympics, cybersecurity worries linger in background

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Posted at 7:44 PM, Feb 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-20 22:44:30-05

BEIJING (AP) — Warnings to use disposable “burner” phones and laptops. Privacy-protecting software. Concerns about a security flaw in an official Games smartphone app.

Such precautions fueled unease about data privacy for competitors and attendees at the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Not everyone heeded them. Nefarious cyber activity is a flashpoint in the geopolitical rivalry between China and the West.

Beijing has long been accused by the U.S. and technology watchdogs of widespread online snooping and data pilfering, allegations it denies.

Now that the Games are ending, and some 16,000 athletes, organizers, journalists, and other visitors are heading home, concerns turn to what malware and other problems those who failed to heed the warnings might be carrying with them