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Olympic Athletes Heading to Beijing Warned About Chinese Cyber Spies

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Olympic Athletes Heading to Beijing Warned About Chinese Cyber Spies

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OTTAWA—Athletes representing Canada in the Beijing Winter Olympics next month are being told to take extra precautions against Chinese cyber surveillance, including the danger of electronic devices being infected with spyware. Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge said the government has been “working closely” with the Olympic and Paralympic committees, which are briefing athletes on security in China, including on the risk of being hacked. The minister said the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees have a “solid” plan in place to protect athletes, including from espionage by the Chinese. “The athletes are receiving briefings about security,” she said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “Cybersecurity is part of the briefings that the athletes are receiving.” St-Onge said that, for security reasons, operational planning to protect athletes could not be disclosed. “We are well aware of the espionage and all these issues with China,” the minister said. The International Olympic Committee is …

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