Winter Olympics Hacked? Organisers Investigating Possible Cyberattack

| February 10 , 2018 , 17:38 IST

The organisers of Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are looking into a possible case of cyber-attack that disrupted certain non-critical systems during the opening ceremony of the games on Friday.

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Thousands of people and several heads of states attended the opening ceremony of the game. Prominent among them were the South Korean President Moon, Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean Supreme leader Kim Jong Un and the United States Vice President Mike Pence.

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While the local media reports state that the problems were due to a cyber-attack, the authorities state that they cannot yet state that it was a case of hacking.

“There were some issues that affected some of our non-critical systems last night for a few hours,” Games spokesman Sung Baik-you told journalists.

“We apologize for the inconvenience caused. It has not disrupted any event or had any effect on safety and security for athletes or spectators,” Sung said adding that security experts were currently investigating the incident.

There are conflicting media reports on the failure to deploy drones as part of the programme during the opening ceremony.

The Winter Olympics have grabbed global spotlight not just because of the sport but also because of the diplomatic affinity between North Korea and South Korea shown during the games.