Winter Olympics 2018: Pyeongchang Games Hit By Cyber Attack

Winter Olympics 2018: Pyeongchang Games Hit By Cyber Attack

"What we'd like to achieve by coming to South Korea, at the Winter Olympics, is to show the world this is what peace can look like when two leaders get along", said the Kim impersonator.

The opening ceremony of 2018 Winter Olympics witnessed two men dressed as United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shaking hands and thereby creating a stir at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium on Friday, February 9.

International Olympics Committee (IOC) head of communications Mark Adams suggested the problem could be ongoing. "We decided with the International Olympic Committee we are not going to reveal the source (of the attack)", he told reporters.

Later, spokesman Sung Baik-you explained to reporters that the "issues" might have been the result of a cyberattack. "They know what happened and this is a usual thing during the Olympic Games. We are making sure our systems are secure and they are secure", said a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, adding that it's their objective to maintain secure operations.

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.

Russia, which has been banned from the Games for doping, said days before the opening ceremony that any allegations linking Russian hackers to attacks on the infrastructure connected to the Pyeongchang Olympic Games were unfounded.

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Calls to the chief technical engineer at Pyeongchang for comment went unanswered. It is one we are dealing with.

As North Korea has made peaceful overtures towards the South ahead of the games, it's thought to be unlikely it's behind whatever attack hit the Games' website.

Security experts told the New York Times that Russian hackers had targeted Olympics organizations for the past few months.

He added that he did not know who was behind the attack but "best global practice says that you don't talk about an attack".

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

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