Ransomware News: Winter Olympics Hit with Cyberattack

Feb 12, 2018

Ransomware News: Winter Olympics Hit with Cyberattack

BY Annie Stroud

Cybersecurity

Moments before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics 2018 the website was hit by a cyber attack! Just before the show was about to open in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the site was taken down.It was not just the sites which were affected either. TV and Internet systems suffered disruptions but were restored and back up and running 12 hours later.

There are no reports as to who might have caused the attack and the International Olympic Committee have not yet commented. Their main priorities were to get everything back to normal as quickly as possible.

The BBC have reported that there were suggestions made prior to the games, that countries such as Russia and North Korea might try to target the event. However, there has been no proof to validate these comments. The Russian Foreign Ministry has also denied the rumors suggesting that Russian hackers were involved in the attack.

At the beginning of the month the US Department of Homeland Security issued a warning to travelers attending the Winter Games, starting ‘ "At high-profile events, cyber-activists may take advantage of the large audience to spread their message. There is also the possibility that mobile or other communications will be monitored."For someone wanting to watch a little cross-country skiing, this message might seem a little daunting! However, it just goes to show, no matter where are what you’re doing, cyber attacks are imminent.

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang is not the first to be hit and most certainly won’t be the last!

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