It was reported yesterday that the organizers of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018 were looking into a possible cyberattack that was executed during the opening ceremony on Friday. The organizers have now confirmed that the Games did fall victim to a cyberattack during the opening ceremony but they’ve not pointed a finger at any individual or nation-state just yet so it’s unclear how might have been behind this attack.
The International Olympic Committee has confirmed today that systems including the internet and TV series were affected by the hack during the opening ceremony of the Games on Friday. However, no critical part of the systems’ operations was compromised by the hack.
“We are not going to comment on the issue. It is one we are dealing with. We are making sure our systems are secure and they are secure,” said a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, adding that it’s their purpose to maintain secure operations.
When asked if the organizers knew who was behind the cyberattack, the spokesperson said “I certainly don’t know. But best international practice says that you don’t talk about an attack.”
Pyeongchang organizing committee spokesman Sung Baik-you confirmed to reporters that all issues with the systems were resolved and recovered yesterday morning. No further information about the cyberattack has been revealed at this point in time.