Firms: Olympic Destroyer' malware targeted Pyeongchang Games

Nearly 170 Russian athletes were cleared by the IOC to compete in the 2018 events under a neutral flag as "Olympic athletes from Russia".

The organisers of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics said Saturday its servers were hacked by an unidentified attacker during the opening ceremony the previous day. The website for the games also went down, preventing attendees from printing out tickets. The type of cold could be dangerous, with seven people reportedly suffered hypothermia while attending a concert at the Olympic Stadium this past November, while others huddled in the bathrooms to keep warm.

The audience the Opening Ceremony is traditionally huge, and NBC presents the spectacular from South Korea at 8 p.m. Friday (tonight).

TV and web broadcasting services were affected in the attack on the Games - hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea - but officials said that no vital infrastructure had been damaged.

"(The federations) know their athletes and know the kind of conditions they work in", he said.

Soohorang, the official mascot of the games, is available in several sizes to take home as a souvenir. It is not clear whether the drones' failure to deploy was related to the cyberattack and other technical issues. A spokeswoman for the committee said a cybersecurity team was assisting in the investigation. Pyeongchang is 14 hours ahead of the Eastern time zone in the U.S., so daytime events there can be shown in primetime here. "We are sure that we'll have all the competition".

The Winter Olympics games are currently happening in South Korea but the issue is that while the games are going on, this side of the world is still asleep.

All three security companies said the Olympic Destroyer malware was designed to knock computers offline by deleting critical system files, which would render the machines useless.

US Vice-President Mike Pence and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister Kim Yo-jong at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on Friday.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal in January, Trump said he "probably" has a "very good relationship" with Kim. "But best international practice says that you don't talk about an attack".

North Korea has also blamed for a series of cyber incidents including the WannaCry global ransomware attack, which infected 300,000 computers worldwide last May.

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