Russia launched cyber attack on 2018 Winter Olympics says the United States


United States top news resource ‘The Washington Post’ published a post on Sunday which alleges Russian Military spies for cyber attacking the opening ceremony of 2018 Winter Olympics which were held in South Korea. The post says that the spies did so by making it appear as an intrusion conducted by North Korea.

The Washington Post says that the Vladimir Putin’s nation did so in retaliation to McLaren Doping report which made Russia disqualified to participate in the Pyeongchang Olympic Games.

Another source from Reuters says that US Intelligence community has learned that Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate, abbreviated as GRU, launched cyber attacks to gain access to around 300 systems and 81 routers in order to spread malware which disrupted the opening ceremony of Winter Olympics of 2018 held in South Korea.

As a result of the attack, many attendees were unable to print their tickets for the ceremony, resulting in empty seats- embarrassing the organizers.

Officials from Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium admitted to the games being cyber attacked but had refused to confirm whether Russia was responsible for obvious reasons. Later the International Olympics Committee admitted that the disruption could be in retaliation against the committee’s decision for banning the Russian participants from Olympic Games due to doping violations.

Last week, there were some speculations that North Korea could target the closing ceremony of South Korea’s winter games. But an official close to Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea said that his nation doesn’t have the need to attack a nation organization an international sporting event. The official added in his statement that they were other important issues to be sorted out than just disrupting the games ( North Korea is seen hacking cryptocurrency exchanges nowadays to fund its nuclear ambitions).

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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