Tokyo Olympics 2021 on Russian Cyber Attack Radar

Tokyo Olympics 2021 Opening Ceremony is about to start in a few hours time and organizers are busy checking out the Cybersecurity arrangements meant to protect the Olympics event from state funded hackers.

Security analysts from West estimate that the much renowned games event might be on the Russian Cyber Attack Radar, as disrupting such events has been a regular practice for the said nation, if history is considered.

Yes, what you’ve read is right as in 2016 the Vladimir Putin led nation was found guilty of stealing medical records of many American sports people such as Serena & Venus Williams and Simone Biles. Reason was that Russia launched the attack on the world anti doping agency as it barred the participation of the Putin led nation because of some discrepancies in doping scheme to give an edge to its athletes.

Hacking group named Fancy Bear was assumed to be a prime suspect in the attack. However, as it is being funded by Kremlin based GRU, no nation dared to retaliate its cyber attacks, except United States.

A situation of similar kind was also observed during the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening ceremony of South Korea, where the organizers had to shut down the ticket issuing systems and Wi-Fi routers, as they were all compromised.

After witnessing and analyzing the history, FBI has issued a warning that the Tokyo Games can also be targeted with cyber attacks that could disrupt the telecast or the lighting and display systems in the stadium.

Hope, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 that are being held between July 23- Aug 8th,2021(as the event was postponed because of Corona Virus Pandemic shutdown) go peacefully and may the best team or individual win the Gold.

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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