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2018 Winter Olympics hit by cyberattack

By February 10, 2018 No Comments

Main web site down for a total of about 12 hours

Major media outlets and industry insiders reported that organisers of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea said the games were affected by a cyberattack during the opening ceremony, but didn’t identify the source.The Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games (POCOG) said the attack had disrupted the functioning of the internet protocol televisions in the main press centre.

Affected servers were shut down as a preventative measure, which in turn rendered the Pyeongchang 2018 website inaccessible. As a result, spectators were unable to print tickets or view games information.South Korea has regularly been targeted by cyberattacks that appear to have originated in North Korea, with which the country has technically remained at war since 1953.But both countries have been using the Winter Olympics as an occasion to renew their diplomatic links, with teams made up of players from both sides competing in the games.

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