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UK says Russian hackers targeted Tokyo Olympics


Komal FatimaWeb Editor

20th Oct, 2020. 11:06 am
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Tokyo Olympics 2020 hack

This year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo have been targeted to disrupt them.  UK officials reported about the cyber-attacks.

But they did not mention the nature or extent of the attacks in detail.

The Foreign Office said Russia’s GRU military intelligence carried out “cyber reconnaissance” against officials and organizations involved.

The alleged attack had happened before the games were postponed until 2021 due to a coronavirus outbreak.

Meanwhile, the US Department of Justice announced charges against six Russian GRU officers for alleged cyber-attacks serving “the strategic benefit of Russia”.

US prosecutors said that the group aimed to disrupt Winter Olympics 2018 the 2017 French presidential election, and Ukraine’s power grid.

Assistant attorney general John Demers told a press conference, “No country has weaponized its cyber capabilities as maliciously or irresponsibly as Russia,” “the most disruptive and destructive series of computer attacks ever attributed to a single group”.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the attacks targeting organizers, sponsors, and logistics providers of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games were “cynical and reckless”.

“We condemn them in the strongest possible terms,” he said. “The UK will continue to work with our allies to call out and counter future malicious cyber-attacks.”

Foreign Office officials have revealed details about the cyber-attack on Winter Olympics 2018 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They said that the operation was a “false flag” – one designed to look like it came from North Korea or China.

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