The potential for data breaches
large and small to hit the Summer Olympics in London is quite high, but no more so than the city faces at any other time.
The global games will run for a 17-day period and in that time, it's believed that data loss will hold steady with the normal rates for London experienced year-round, according to a report from CSO Online
. The findings, from security firm Venafi, show that about 67,000 cellphones - 40 percent of them smartphones - will be lost or stolen during the Olympics.
Therefore, it is easy to extrapolate that, because phones today have an average capacity of eight gigabytes, about 214.4 terabytes of information will go missing during that time, the report said. As a consequence, visitors to the Olympics should be very mindful of their devices at all times.
"People tend to be less focused on security, and would-be hackers are on the lookout for easy prey," Gregory Webb, vice president of marketing at Venafi, told the site. Adam Levin
, chairman of Identity Theft
911, writes regularly about the problems that consumers face when they lose their smartphones, which often contain large amounts of sensitive data.
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