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England players to be briefed on cyber security during World Cup

Fear of Russian cyber attacks means security experts will give advice to players ahead of the tournament.

The England team will be briefed by security experts from GCHQ before heading to the World Cup in Russia on how to stay safe from hackers during the tournament.

Players and staff will be given advice by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on how to keep their devices secure during their stay in Russia.

An FA spokesman said: “We continue to receive security advice from all relevant authorities.”

Technology is likely to play a big part in the players’ downtime during the tournament, with smartphones, tablets, laptops and games consoles expected to be among the devices making the trip.

(Mike Egerton/PA)
(Mike Egerton/PA)

Several members of the squad, including captain Harry Kane and Dele Alli, are well-known players of online games such as Fortnite.

The NCSC has already issued advice to supporters travelling to Russia for the tournament, urging fans to take as few devices as possible and to ensure those they do take with them are running up to date software and apps.

The advice also encourages users to enact password or passcode protection where possible before they go, as well as other security features such as two-factor authentication.

Once abroad, the advice says public and hotel Wi-Fi connections “may not be safe” and users should carefully consider what information they might be sharing when using these connections.

It also warns people not to use unofficial streaming sites while abroad, instead downloading any TV shows and films before they leave.

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