Hackers Strike Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics officials have confirmed the games were hit by a cyber attack during the opening ceremony, but have refused to confirm rumours in Pyeongchang that Russia was responsible.

Shortly before the ceremony, the official Pyeongchang 2018 site stopped working, with users unable to access information or print tickets for events. The website was only normalised 12 hours later. 

Winter Olympics organisers are investigating how the opening ceremony was the target of a cyber-attack after severe technological problems and the WiFi stopped working.Reporters at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium noticed that the Internet WiFi stopped working shortly before the ceremony while the televisions and WiFi at the main press centre also stopped. 

Pyeongchang 2018 was also forced to shut its website, with users unable to print their tickets for events. The website was only normalised at 8am on Saturday 10th Feb, 12 hours later.

Fears over a potential cyber-attack, particularly from North Korea, were prominent in the build-up to the Games. 
A spokesperson for Pyeongchang 2018 said they “cannot speculate” on the reason behind the problems but did not rule out claims that their servers were deliberately targeted by hackers.

In a statement, the organising committee said the glitches “impacted some of our noncritical systems last night for a few hours
“These have not disrupted any events, or had any effect on the safety and security of any athletes or spectators,” yeongchang 2018 added.

“All competitions are running as planned and the systems are working at the expected level. Our technology partners and our experienced team of ICT experts are working to maintain the systems.

“We are currently investigating the root cause and will share further information.”

A spokesperson later added that the problems had affected “several areas” across the Games but they were confident systems would be fully operational as soon as possible. There were also reports of people receiving malicious emails from potential hackers.

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