Winter Olympics 2018 Thread

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

    The site was affected just before the beginning of the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

    TV and internet systems at the Games were also disrupted, though operations were restored about 12 hours later.

    However, a spokesman said that the International Olympic Committee would not be commenting on who might have been behind the incident.

    "Maintaining secure operations is our purpose," said Mark Adams.

    He added that the issue was being dealt with but that he was not aware who had carried out the attack.

    Russia responds
    Prior to the Games, some cyber-security experts had expressed concern that countries like Russia and North Korea might try to target the event.

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

    "We know that Western media are planning pseudo-investigations on the theme of 'Russian fingerprints' in hacking attacks on information resources related to the hosting of the Winter Olympic Games in the Republic of Korea," the foreign ministry said.

    "Of course, no evidence will be presented to the world."
    There have been concerns for months that the Games and spectators could be targeted by cyber-attacks.

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

    "At high-profile events, cyber-activists may take advantage of the large audience to spread their message," it said.

    "There is also the possibility that mobile or other communications will be monitored."

    The Pyeongchang Games are certainly not the first to be targeted by hackers.

    In January, Konstantinos Karagiannis, BT's chief technology officer for security consulting, tweeted that during the 2012 London Olympics he and his team, "fought back quite a cyber-onslaught".
     
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    England will use the world's "ugliest, strongest pack" to prepare for the rest of the Six Nations.
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    PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Disrupted by Malware Attack.
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    The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics taking place in South Korea was disrupted over the weekend following a malware attack before and during the opening ceremony on Friday.

    The cyber attack coincided with 12 hours of downtime on the official website for the Winter Games, the collapse of Wi-Fi in the Pyeongchang Olympic stadium and the failure of televisions and internet at the main press center, leaving attendees unable to print their tickets for events or get venue information.

    The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizing committee confirmed Sunday that a cyber attack hit its network helping run the event during the opening ceremony, which was fully restored on 8 am local time on Saturday—that's full 12 hours after the attack began.

    Multiple cybersecurity firms published reports on Monday, suggesting that the cause of the disruption was "destructive" wiper malware that had been spread throughout the Winter Games' official network using stolen credentials.

    Dubbed "Olympic Destroyer" by the researchers at Cisco Talos, the wiper malware majorly focuses on taking down networks and systems and wiping data, rather than stealing information.

    The Talos researchers would not comment on attribution, but various security experts have already started attributing the Olympic Destroyer malware to hackers linked to either North Korea, China or Russia.

    According to the analysis by Cisco Talos, the attacker had intimate knowledge of the Pyeongchang 2018 network's systems and knew a "lot of technical details of the Olympic Game infrastructure such as username, domain name, server name, and obviously password."

    "The other factor to consider here is that by using the hard-coded credentials within this malware it's also possible the Olympic infrastructure was already compromised previously to allow the exfiltration of these credentials," researchers said.
    The Olympic Destroyer malware drops two credential stealers, a browser credential stealer and a system stealer, to obtain required credentials and then spreads to other systems as well using PsExec and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), two legitimate Windows administration tools used by network admins to access and carry out actions on other PCs on a network.

    The researchers noted that both built-in tools were also abused by the Bad Rabbit ransomware and NotPetya wiper malware last year.

    Once installed, the malware then first deletes all possible "shadow" copies of files and Windows backup catalogs, turn off recovery mode and then deletes system logs to cover its tracks and making file recovery difficult.

    "Wiping all available methods of recovery shows this attacker had no intention of leaving the machine useable. The sole purpose of this malware is to perform destruction of the host and leave the computer system offline," reads the Talos blog post.
    It's difficult to accurately attribute this cyber attack to a specific group or nation-state hackers due to sparse of technical evidence to support such a conclusion as well as hackers often employing techniques to obfuscate their operations.
     
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    radji Farewell, Solenya...

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    The only reason my mom watched the opening ceremonies was cause she wanted to see some half naked Tonga dude.
     
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    She doesn't get enough of that with the reality TV shows out there?
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    Sorry for my question, really no intention for any nuisance, but I really want to understand, is this is normal that someone say something like that about his/her mother?!
     
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    radji Farewell, Solenya...

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    For me, yes.
     
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