An anonymous reader writes "NBC News recently ran a segment about devices in Russia being hacked within minutes and linking that to the US State Department's warning that travelers to the Winter Olympics should "have no expectations of privacy." The hacks in the video took place in Moscow. The report did not specify the devices hacked and did not detail the test environment. Visually it looks like they used a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone (hacked before coffee was finished at a restaurant), a MacBook Air and Lenevo Thinkpad (?pretty grainy to make out?). Afterwards I searched for more info on how the security tests were conducted but came up empty. My assumptions are that the devices were not hardened but connected straight to Wi-Fi. Were any patches downloaded during that time by the OS? Did the hack happen before or after the patches were applied? What actions made the Samsung Galaxy vulnerable to exploit so quickly? The exploits that happen in Russia are a click away from happening in the USA, China or Europe — could already be here. When news outlets cover security hacks, they need to provide more technical information about the actual hack. It can be in a second piece and written for technical people."