Winter Olympics strike by cyber-attack

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Russia has already denied rumours that it was behind a cyber-attack

The central Winter Olympics website was taken offline after being strike by a cyber-attack, officials have confirmed.

The site was influenced only before a commencement of a opening rite in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

TV and internet systems during a Games were also disrupted, yet operations were easy about 12 hours later.

However, a orator pronounced that a International Olympic Committee would not be commenting on who competence have been behind a incident.

“Maintaining secure operations is a purpose,” pronounced Mark Adams.

He combined that a emanate was being dealt with though that he was not wakeful who had carried out a attack.

Russia responds

Prior to a Games, some cyber-security experts had voiced regard that countries like Russia and North Korea competence try to aim a event.

But a Russian Foreign Ministry has denied rumours that Russian hackers were involved.

“We know that Western media are formulation pseudo-investigations on a thesis of ‘Russian fingerprints’ in hacking attacks on information resources associated to a hosting of a Winter Olympic Games in a Republic of Korea,” a unfamiliar method said.

“Of course, no justification will be presented to a world.”

There have been concerns for months that a Games and spectators could be targeted by cyber-attacks.

Earlier this month, a US Department of Homeland Security published a warning to travellers.

“At high-profile events, cyber-activists might take advantage of a vast assembly to widespread their message,” it said.

“There is also a probability that mobile or other communications will be monitored.”

The Pyeongchang Games are positively not a initial to be targeted by hackers.

In January, Konstantinos Karagiannis, BT’s arch record officer for confidence consulting, tweeted that during a 2012 London Olympics he and his team, “fought behind utterly a cyber-onslaught”.