Technology 'Olympic Destroyer' malware targeted Pyeongchang Games: firms

19:06  13 february  2018
19:06  13 february  2018 Source:   Reuters

Pyeongchang Games organizers probe possible cyberattack

  Pyeongchang Games organizers probe possible cyberattack <p>Pyeongchang Olympics organizers were looking into a disruption of non-critical systems on the day of the opening ceremony but could not yet confirm if it was a cyberattack, Games spokesman Sung Baik-you said on Saturday.</p>Load Error

(Reuters) – Several U.S. cyber security firms said on Monday that they had uncovered a computer virus dubbed “ Olympic Destroyer ” that was likely used in an attack on Friday’s opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Games .

Researchers with cyber security firms Cisco Systems Inc, CrowdStrike and FireEye Inc said in blog posts and statements to Reuters on Monday that they had analyzed computer code they believed was used in Friday's attack.

a large building in the background: FILE PHOTO: Performers appear during the opening ceremonies at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang © REUTERS/Christof Stache/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Performers appear during the opening ceremonies at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang Several U.S. cyber security firms said on Monday that they had uncovered a computer virus dubbed "Olympic Destroyer" that was likely used in an attack on Friday's opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Games Organizers confirmed the attack on Sunday, saying that it affected internet and television services but did not compromise critical operations. Organizers did not say who was behind the attack or provide detailed discussion of the malware, though a spokesman said that all issues had been resolved as of Saturday. [L4N1Q1027]

Russia makes $15 million anti-doping payment to comply with ban terms

  Russia makes $15 million anti-doping payment to comply with ban terms Russia's Olympic Committee (ROC) has paid $15 million to help develop international anti-doping efforts as part of the conditions set for the country's possible return to the Games, it said on Thursday. Russians are competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics as neutral athletes after the national team was barred over allegations of state-sponsored doping, which Moscow denies.The ROC said it had to fulfill a number of conditions in order to be reinstated by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

(Reuters) - Several U.S. cyber security firms said on Monday that they had uncovered a computer virus dubbed “ Olympic Destroyer ” that was likely used in an attack on Friday’s opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Games .

(Reuters) - Several U.S. cyber security firms said on Monday that they had uncovered a computer virus dubbed “ Olympic Destroyer ” that was likely used in an attack on Friday’s opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Games .

Researchers with cyber security firms Cisco Systems Inc, CrowdStrike and FireEye Inc said in blog posts and statements to Reuters on Monday that they had analyzed computer code they believed was used in Friday's attack.

All three security companies said the Olympic Destroyer malware was designed to knock computers offline by deleting critical system files, which would render the machines useless.

The three firms said they did not know who was behind the attack.

"Disruption is the clear objective in this type of attack and it leaves us confident in thinking that the actors behind this were after embarrassment of the Olympic committee during the opening ceremony," Cisco said in its blog.

The attack took the Olympics website offline, which meant that some people could not print out tickets and WiFi used by reporters covering the games did not work during the opening ceremony, according to Cisco.

Drones that were intended to be used in the program failed to deploy, prompting organizers to insert pre-recorded footage of the drones in global telecasts.

It was not immediately clear if the issue with the drones was caused by the cyber attack.

(Reporting by Jim Finkle in Toronto; Editing by David Gregorio and Andrew Hay)

IOC chief calls CAS ruling 'extremely disappointing' .
IOC President Thomas Bach has strongly criticized the midweek ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport that lifted Olympic doping bans."The IOC, we would never have expected this," Bach said Sunday in Pyeongchang, where the Winter Olympics start Friday. "We feel that this decision shows the urgent need for reforms in the internal structure of CAS.

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