It has now been verified that the 2018 Winter Olympics was the subject of a cyber attack. On Sunday, game organizers confirmed the news of Olympic games hacking during Friday’s opening ceremony. However, the cause of the attack has not revealed yet. While systems including the internet and TV services were hit on Friday evening; organizers confirmed media that the breach “had not compromised any critical part of their operations,” according to a Reuters report.
Cybersecurity experts wrote in January that there were early schemes; that Russia-backed attackers may have been thinking of a hack as a retaliation against the nation’s ban from the Pyeongchang Games. The Russian Federation has failed to get permission to compete as a result of anti-doping regulations (though Russian athletes have been taking part in the games as the Olympic Athletes from Russia or OAR).
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That said, Russia has fervently dismissed any suggestion of hacking. A few days before the Olympics started, the government transcribed that any claims linking Russian operatives to hacks on Pyeongchang were “unfounded.”
North Korea may also work as a prime suspect; given the games’ concurrence to the long-isolated nation. However, the North Korean team marched alongside the South Korean delegation for the first time at an Olympics opening ceremony since 2006; perhaps as a symbolic olive branch.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), for its section, is staying mum on the subject. “Maintaining secure operations is our purpose,” said IOC spokesman Mark Adams. “We are not going to comment on the issue. It is one we are dealing with. We are making sure our systems are secure, and they are secure.”
Adams added that while he did not know who was behind the Olympic games hacking; “… best international practice says that you don’t talk about an attack.”
Fortunately, it would seem that the hack lived short and the experts quickly addressed. “All issues were resolved and recovered yesterday morning,” Pyeongchang organizing committee spokesman Sung Baik-you told the press. “We know the cause of the problem; but that kind of issues frequently occurs during the Games. We decided with the IOC we are not going to reveal the source (of the attack),” he added.
Still, news of the attack makes many sponsors even warier; having already been concerned about the likelihood of such an event at the Olympics. Many sponsors have insured themselves against hacks, and now, it would seem as though that was a very necessary precaution.
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