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Winter Olympics targeted by hackers (again)

It seems that the Winter Olympics has once again been attacked by hackers, and this time the organiser’s servers were affected during the opening ceremony.

What happened?

Televisions at the main press centre malfunctioned after hacking caused LAN and WiFi communications to fail.

In response, organisers were forced to briefly shut down servers, and the Pyeongchang 2018 website went offline for a short period of time.

Samples from the code indicates that the hackers did not intend to steal information, but rather disrupt the event.

How did they do it?

Hackers were able to insert code into the infrastructure after learning usernames, server names, and passwords.

There were allegedly 44 individual accounts involved in the code that brought the systems down.

Hwang Jun-won, a professor of cyber security at South Korea’s Hoseo Technical College, said that the event is much more vulnerable to hackers as security personnel are brought together from multiple organisations — each with their own levels of competence.

Who did it?

As of yet no one knows, but cyber security experts warned that countries like North Korea and Russia might try to target the event.

The Russian Foreign Ministry denied the rumours that Russian hackers were involved.

A representative said: “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.”

It's worth remembering however, that The International Olympic Committee formally banned Russia from the games as punishment for the Russian Government's mass doping scheme.

Earlier in the month the US Department of Homeland Security published a warning to visitors attending the events.

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