Winter Olympics bods confirm opening ceremony cyberattack


Even though this year's Winter Olympics drew a high-level delegation from North Korea, it has been blamed in past attacks in South Korea and has a history of making provocations while offering an olive branch, he said.

South Korea's volunteers are seen dancing while South Korean and North Korean athletes march under the Korea Unification Flag symbolizing a unified Korea during the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony held in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, Friday. Users were unable to access or print tickets for the event until the breach was normalized 12 hours later.

While internet and wifi were affected across the Olympic site - spread over two main venues in mountainous eastern South Korea - organisers said there was no impact on competition, which got into full swing on Saturday.

While many in the press touted a conspiracy theory involving Russian hackers taking revenge on the Olympic Committee for a December 2017 ban on the Russia due to accusations of doping at the 2014 Sochi games, Seoul was quick to shut down the false allegations.

Speculation quickly suggested the outages were not accidental and at a Sunday evening news conference, Pyeongchang 2018 spokesperson Sung Baik-you confirmed they were caused by an attack.

While they made the Winter Olympics ceremony a lot more interesting for some attendees, the pair was escorted out by security. No further information about the cyberattack has been revealed at this point in time.

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"We know the cause of the problem but that kind of issue occurs frequently during the Games".

Almost 170 Russian athletes were cleared by the IOC to compete in the 2018 events under a neutral flag as "Olympic athletes from Russia". "We wouldn't start giving you the details of an investigation before it is coming to an end, particularly if it was on security which, at these games, is incredibly important".

Adams said he did not know who perpetrated the attack, adding "best global practice says that you don't talk about an attack", Reuters reported. "It is one we are dealing with", Adams said, Reuters reports. Russian Federation has also denied launching any hacking attacks on the Pyeongchang Olympics, where its team is formally banned following the revelation of systemic doping.

"Disruption is the clear objective in this type of attack and it leaves us confident in thinking that the actors behind this were after embarrassment of the Olympic committee during the opening ceremony", Cisco said in its blog.

However, the two managed to send out a message to the world before they were escorted out of the stadium.