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PyeongChang organisers cyber-attacked during opening ceremony

IANS  |  Gangneung (South Korea) 

The organisers of the PyeongChang said Saturday its servers were hacked by an unidentified attacker during the opening ceremony the previous day.

The for the 2018 Olympic & (POCOG) said it experienced a cyber attack which caused a malfunction of the (IPTVs) at the Main Press Centre, reports news agency.

The organisers accordingly shut down the servers to prevent further damage, leading to the closure of the PyeongChang 2018 website.

Due to the shutdown of the website, spectators who purchased tickets to events were unable to print their reservations.

The website was only normalised on Saturday morning even as the details of where the attack originated remain unknown, the organisers said.

Security experts have warned that major international events such as are major targets for hackers.

In an official statement, POCOG said there were some issues late Friday that impacted "non-critical systems" for few hours and added that they had no effect "on the safety and security of any athletes or spectators" during the opening ceremony.

"We are currently investigating the cause and will share further information as we have more details," Sung Baik-you, POCOG spokesperson, said.



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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 14:42 IST