NHL doctors worried Russians hacking phones for injury information


The NHL sent their own doctors over to Sochi keep an eye on their players during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Concerned that the Russians might be hacking their phones to steal injury information has forced the doctors to use coded messages referring to players as simply numbers.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Before that team official could decipher the message – which might read something like, “3 . . . MCL . . . Grade I . . . 7-day hold” – he would need to crack the code.

“The owners were very concerned about that,” said Peter DeLuca, the Flyers’ orthopedic surgeon, who joins Flyers internist Gary Dorsheimer as the NHL’s Olympic medical representatives.

“They said any kind of personal account or anything with a password could be hacked by the Russians in a minute. So we left everything home, and they issued us these ‘clean phones.’ “

Following the report where a reporter brought electronic devices to Russia to see how long it would take for them to be hacked, it might be the best way to go about sharing information discreetly.

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