Win­ter Olympics hit by cy­ber-at­tack

Zambian Business Times - - SPORTS -

The of­fi­cial Win­ter Olympics web­site was taken off­line af­ter be­ing hit by a cy­ber-at­tack, of­fi­cials have con­firmed.

The site was af­fected just be­fore the be­gin­ning of the open­ing cer­e­mony in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

TV and in­ter­net sys­tems at the Games were also dis­rupted, though op­er­a­tions were re­stored about 12 hours later.

How­ever, a spokesman said that the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee would not be com­ment­ing on who might have been be­hind the in­ci­dent.

"Main­tain­ing se­cure op­er­a­tions is our pur­pose," said Mark Adams.

He added that the is­sue was be­ing dealt with but that he was not aware who had car­ried out the at­tack.

Rus­sia re­sponds

Prior to the Games, some cy­ber-se­cu­rity ex­perts had ex­pressed con­cern that coun­tries like Rus­sia and North Korea might try to tar­get the event.

But the Rus­sian For­eign Min­istry has de­nied ru­mours that Rus­sian hack­ers were in­volved.

"We know that Western me­dia are plan­ning pseudo-in­ves­ti­ga­tions on the theme of 'Rus­sian fin­ger­prints' in hack­ing at­tacks on in­for­ma­tion re­sources re­lated to the host­ing of the Win­ter Olympic Games in the Repub­lic of Korea," the for­eign min­istry said.

"Of course, no ev­i­dence will be pre­sented to the world."

There have been con­cerns for months that the Games and spec­ta­tors could be tar­geted by cy­ber-at­tacks.

Ear­lier this month, the US Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity pub­lished a warn­ing to trav­ellers.

"At high-pro­file events, cy­ber-ac­tivists may take ad­van­tage of the large au­di­ence to spread their mes­sage," it said.

"There is also the pos­si­bil­ity that mo­bile or other com­mu­ni­ca­tions will be mon­i­tored." The Pyeongchang Games are cer­tainly not the first to be tar­geted by hack­ers.

In Jan­uary, Kon­stanti­nos Kara­gian­nis, BT's chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer for se­cu­rity con­sult­ing, tweeted that dur­ing the 2012 Lon­don Olympics he and his team, "fought back quite a cy­ber-on­slaught".

The open­ing cer­e­mony of the Win­ter Olympics on Fri­day. Hack­ers who tar­geted the Pyeongchang Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee dur­ing the event had the abil­ity to de­stroy com­put­ers, but didn’t.

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