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Russia hacked Winter Olympics & framed N.Korea in false-flag attack: US

Russia hacked Winter Olympics & framed N.Korea in false-flag attack: US (Incident Response, Learnings)

On February 9th, 2017, during the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics its official website suffered a massive cyber attack causing service disruption. In both attacks, the prime suspect was North Korea due to the ongoing tensions with South Korea, however, Russian hackers were also under the radar due to the fact that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) had banned Russia From 2018 Olympics and told the athletes to compete under the Olympic flag. Now, WashingtonPost (WP) reports that officials at U.S. intelligence are convinced that the hackers behind aforementioned cyber attacks were Russians who targeted the cyberinfrastructure of the Olympics and framed North Korea as the culprit. According to the report, two intelligence officials told WP on the basis of anonymity that Russia carried out “false-flag” cyber attacks by making it look like as if North Korea was behind these attacks. However, Russian officials have already denied any involvement in the attack on PyeongChang Winter Olympics website.

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