Cyberattack Hits Winter Games Opening Ceremony

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The opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics was hit by a significant cyberattack that saw ticket holders unable to print tickets out from the Games' website and internet access shut down during the opening. While the organising committee says they have taken all steps to remedy the attack, they refuse to tell anyone about the source or any further details on what happened.

Security researchers have been tracking an increase in phishing emails to Olympic Games officials. And with the two Koreas competing together, in a rare show of unity, there's little doubt political activists are looking for some cheap point scoring from the exercise.

The attack also affected TV coverage.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams has said, “We are not going to comment on the issue. It is one we are dealing with. We are making sure our systems are secure and they are secure.”

As we mentioned last week, big events are often used by cybercriminals when they design attack campaigns. As well as the Winter Olympics, Valentines Day is just around the corner so you can expect appropriately themed phishing emails in your inboxes this week.


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