Report: Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Hit with Cyberattack During Opening Ceremony

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The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony was hit with a cyberattack last week, however the attacker has yet to be revealed.

According to Reuters, “The Games’ systems, including the internet and television services, were affected by the hack two days ago but organizers said it had not compromised any critical part of their operations.”

However, the perpetrator of the cyberattack is still unknown.

“Maintaining secure operations is our purpose,” declared International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams. “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.”

“I certainly don’t know,” he continued, after being asked who perpetrated the cyberattack. “But best international practice says that you don’t talk about an attack.”

The cyberattack issues have since been “resolved and recovered,” according to Pyeongchang organizing committee spokesman Sung Baik-you, who claimed, “We know the cause of the problem, but that kind of issues occurs frequently during the Games. We decided with the IOC we are not going to reveal the source (of the attack).”

Despite conspiracy theories that Russia was somehow involved in the attack, Russia’s foreign ministry refuted these claims.

“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,” they stated. “Of course, no evidence will be presented to the world.”

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics used previously-filmed footage of their 1,218 drone display during the opening ceremony, instead of running the drone show live, following cybersecurity concerns.

Charlie Nash is a reporter for Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @MrNashington, or like his page at Facebook.


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