Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Winter Olympics Website Hacked & Downed About 12 Hours by Cyber Attack

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics Website Hacked and the site was downed about 12 hours during the opening ceremony.

Paralympic Games confirming that they experienced a cyber attack that caused a malfunction of the internet protocol televisions (IPTVs) at the Main Press Centre.

Due to attack, Website cause customers who bought tickets were unable to print their reservations.There were also problems with wi-fi and televisions in the media centre.

Paralympic Games officials confirm that its servers had been hit during the even and Russian hackers may have been striking as revenge for bans.

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Paralympic Games forced to shut down the system around 7.15 pm to stop the further attack and it took more than 12 hours to revert the normal state.

An Olympics spokesman admitted: “There were some issues that impacted some of our non-critical systems last night for a few hours.“We apologise for the inconvenience caused to all those affected.”

Also, officials said “All competitions are running as planned and the systems are working at the expected level. Our technology partners and our experienced team of ICT experts are working to maintain the systems”

A spokesman for the Russian ministry denied the country had anything to do with any attacks.

Notice by Paralympic Games for system outage 

Since the Attack motivation and source is unknown, McAfee senior analyst Ryan Sherstobitoff said, his teams found a new variant of the malicious documents targeting the Winter Games a few days prior to the opening ceremony.

“It is clear attacks are ongoing and are likely to continue throughout the duration of the games. What is yet to be determined is if actors are working simply to gain disruption, or if their motives are greater.”

Also, Security experts have warned that major international events such as the Olympics are major targets for hackers.


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BALAJI is an Ex-Security Researcher (Threat Research Labs) at Comodo Cybersecurity. Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder - Cyber Security News & GBHackers On Security.


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