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2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics was hacked by Russia Updated: 2020-10-20 10:05:21 KST

Six Russian intelligence officers have been condemned for a series of widespread cyberattacks,… including attacks during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea.

According to the U.S. Justice Department and British officials on Monday, the officers from Russia's GRU military intelligence agency were involved in the hack of the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics held in South Korea.

"They conducted spearfishing campaigns against South Korea, the host of the Winter Games as well as the International Olympic Committee, Olympic partners and athletes. Then, during the opening ceremony, they launched the Olympic destroyer malware which deleted data from thousands of computers supporting the Games, rendering them inoperable."

In addition, according to Britain's Foreign Ministry, the attack on South Korea was made to look as if it was conducted by hackers from China or North Korea.

U.S. and British officials have also uncovered the GRU's attempt to disrupt the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, which were scheduled to take place this year, before being postponed due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the U.S. has pressed charges against the GRU hackers for reportedly conducting and attempting a series of widespread, malicious cyberattacks from 2015 to 2019.

Other cyber offenses allegedly performed in the four-year period by the Russian hackers include attacks on the 2017 French elections, and the "NotPetya" malware, known as one of the costliest cyberattacks in history.

Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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