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]

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(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 refuses Russian athletes' request to join Winter Olympics .
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has refused a request for 15 Russian athletes and coaches to attend the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The 13 athletes and two coaches were among 28 Russian athletes whose lifetime bans were overturned by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday.After the ruling, the Russian Olympic Committee requested they be allowed to attend to Olympics, which are due to start in South Korea on Friday, February 9.

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