Friday Brief for 28 January 2022

Tech Terms

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China’s Olympics App is Pure Spyware

What’s New: Cybersecurity researchers say the My2022 mobile app — the official app of the Beijing Winter Olympics — has serious security vulnerabilities and that “all Olympian audio is being collected, analyzed and saved on Chinese servers.”

Why This Matters: The Chinese government is mandating all Olympic athletes, coaches, and attendees use the My2022 app and, as of Thursday morning, the app is still available in the Apple and Android U.S. app stores where Americans can download it too.

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