Cybersecurity Firm Says Olympics Organizations Were Targeted by Hackers

From TIME - January 8, 2018

Hackers have attempted to target organizations involved in the 2018 Winter Olympics, which are set to kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month, according to cybersecurity firm McAfee.

An email campaign, conducted between Dec. 22 and 28 last month, sent infected documents to Olympic associations from an email that was designed to appear as though it came from South Korean authorities, analysts with McAfees Advanced Threat Research division found.

The targeted organizations included a range of groups involved in providing infrastructure or support for the Pyeongchang Games, including an ice hockey association. McAfee did not identify who was responsible for the attack.

The attackers appear to be casting a wide net with this campaign, McAfee wrote in a blog post.

The firm said attackers implanted malicious software in a Korean-language Microsoft Word document attached to the email, which was titled Organized by Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.


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