Games organizers confirm cyber attack, won't reveal source

From Reuters - February 10, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizers confirmed on Sunday that the Games had fallen victim to a cyber attack during Fridays opening ceremony, but they refused to reveal the source.

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.

Maintaining secure operations is our purpose, said 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.

Asked if organizers knew who was behind the attack, Adams said: I certainly dont know. But best international practice says that you dont talk about an attack.

The Winter Games are being staged only 80km (50 miles) from the border with North Korea, which is technically still at war with the South since their 1950-1953 war ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.

The two teams marched together at an Olympics opening ceremony for the first time since 2006.

South Korea has been using the Pyeongchang Games to break the ice with the reclusive North, which has been trading nuclear threats with the United States recently.


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