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Winter Olympics opening ceremonies suffered a cyberattack, officials confirmed

Internet access and televisions shut down during the game’s opening ceremonies

The opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
The opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

The opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang were targeting by cybercriminals, officials have confirmed. Reuters reported that the PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games revealed that there were issues with the protocol televisions and internet, however "it had not compromised any critical part of their operations."

Additionally the official website went down on Friday, only to come back online the following day, as a result it prevented attendees from accessing the site to print out their tickets. Despite the confirmation, officials are not revealing the source of the hack.

Prior to the attack, McAfee discovered ‘malicious documents linked to the Winter Games, McAfee's Advanced Threat Research senior analyst Ryan Sherstobitoff disclosed.

Sherstobitoff said in a statement: "The new document contained the same metadata properties as those related to Operation GoldDragon, and sought to gain persistence on systems owned by organisations involved with the Winter Games.

"It is clear attacks are ongoing and are likely to continue throughout the duration of the games. What is yet to be determined is if actors are working simply to gain disruption, or if their motives are greater."

The PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games said that all issues have since been resolved.