Prepared for cyber attacks after accusations that Russia was targeting the Olympics

March 17, 2020 by No Comments

Tokyo Olympics organizers announced that they are in a constant state of alert over cyber attacks on Tuesday, but they have not yet suffered from “a major impact” after Britain accused Russia of targeting the games expected to be held next year.

The British Foreign Office said that Russian spies attacked the organizers of the 2020 Olympics, logistics and sponsors, before the Games were postponed for a year due to the outbreak of the new Corona pandemic.

Tokyo 2020 officials said they had taken a raft of countermeasures against the digital attacks, but did not disclose details, citing security concerns.

A statement by the organizing committee said, “While we were continuing to monitor various types of cyber attacks on the digital platforms owned by Tokyo 2020, no significant impact was observed on our operations.”

The British accusations came at a time when six Russian military intelligence officers in the United States were accused of launching electronic attacks on the Ukrainian electricity grid, the French elections in 2017 and the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. The British newspaper, The Guardian, indicated that the actions of The supposed digital survey of Tokyo 2020 included phishing attacks, which are phishing messages that appear as if they were from a trusted friend or business, but contain malware.

The newspaper pointed out that the planned attack also includes creating fake websites and searching the wishes of individuals’ accounts.

Japanese Olympic Games Minister Seko Hashimoto refused to comment directly on the report Tuesday, but said that “since the London Olympics, cyber attacks have increased.” The US Justice Department pointed out that the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics were targeted after Russian athletes were prevented from participating under their flag, due to government-sponsored doping operations. “Their cyber attack combined the emotional maturity of a naive child with the resources of a nation-state,” she said, adding that they tried to pin the accusation on North Korea.

“There was a piracy attack on the opening day, but we could not confirm its source,” former Pyeongchang Chief Executive Lee Hee-biom told AFP.

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