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U.S. intelligence suspects Russia of cyber-attacks on PyeongChang Olympics

The attack was launched on the day of the opening of the Games so that the suspicion falls on North Korea
15:16, 25 February 2018

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U.S. intelligence believes it was Russian military spies that hacked into a few hundred computers at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, as two U.S. officials told Chicago Tribune.

Analysts believe that it was Russia’s retaliation against the International Olympic Committee for not admitting a Russian team to the Olympics.

It is also believed that the attack was purposefully launched on the day of the opening of the Games so that the suspicion falls on North Korea.

According to an intelligence report this month, the Russian military agency GRU had access to 300 Olympic-related computers in early February.

Related: Winter Olympics 2018: closing ceremony online broadcast

The officials believe that on the day of the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games, Feb. 25, Russia may launch another attack.

As it was reported earlier, on Feb. 9, shortly after the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, the organizing committee informed about a hacker attack. In particular, there were disruptions with accessing the Internet and problems with the broadcast. Many users couldn’t enter the official website of the Games to print the tickets.

Later on, Cisco Talos experts came to a conclusion that the malware was similar to BadRabbit and Nyetya (NotPetya).

Related: Winter Olympics 2018: IOC not lets Russian team march under their flag at Closing Ceremony

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