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23 May 2018
South Korean and Olympic flags flutter during the opening ceremony of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang on Feb. 9. The Games' systems were affected for a while by a hack last Friday. Photo: Reuters
South Korean and Olympic flags flutter during the opening ceremony of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang on Feb. 9. The Games' systems were affected for a while by a hack last Friday. Photo: Reuters

Pyeongchang Games organizers confirm cyber-attack

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizers confirmed on Sunday that there was a cyber-attack on their systems during the February 9 opening ceremony, Reuters reports.

The officials refused to reveal the source of the attack, and said they are dealing with the issue, according to the report. 

The Games’ systems, including the internet and television services, were affected by the hack on Friday but organizers said it had not compromised any critical part of their operations.

“Maintaining secure operations is our purpose,” International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams said.

“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,” Reuters quoted him as saying on Sunday.

Asked if organizers knew who was behind the attack, Adams said: “I certainly don’t know. But best international practice says that you don’t talk about an attack.”

“All issues were resolved and recovered yesterday morning,” Pyeongchang organizing committee spokesman Sung Baik-you told reporters.

“We know the cause of the problem but that kind of issues occurs frequently during the Games. We decided with the IOC we are not going to reveal the source (of the attack),” he said.

Russia, which has been banned from the Games for doping, said days before the opening ceremony that any allegations linking Russian hackers to attacks on the infrastructure connected to the Pyeongchang Olympic Games were unfounded.

“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,” Russia’s foreign ministry said.

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

Cyber-security researchers said in January they had found early indications that Russia-based hackers may be planning attacks against anti-doping and Olympic organizations in retaliation for Russia’s exclusion from the Pyeongchang Games.

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