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Cyber attack hits Olympics: Organisers confirm heist, don't reveal source

Cyber security experts had warned of potential attacks on the Winter Olympics, with both North Korea and Russia touted as possible sources

AFP | PTI  |  Pyeongchang (South Korea) 

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Olympic officials today said a cyberattack was responsible for an during the Pyeongchang opening ceremony, but refused to say who was responsible.

crashed just before Friday's ceremony but didn't disrupt the high-tech gala, which was attended by VIPs including the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and US

Cyber security experts had warned of potential attacks on the Winter Olympics, with both and touted as possible sources. In January, a malware attack targeted organisations involved with the

South Korea's defence ministry and cybersecurity experts are included in the taskforce investigating Friday's attack, but the possible culprit is being kept under wraps.

"We are not going to reveal the source," said Sung Baik- you, for the Games' local organisers.

Mark Adams, for the Olympic Committee, said it was "normal practice" not to disclose the source as investigations continue.

"At the moment we are making sure that our systems are secure, which they are, so discussing details of it is not helpful," he said.

"I certainly don't know who it is, and best industry practice is that you don't talk about an attack at this stage," Adams added.

has been accused of involvement in a number of cyber incidents, including last year's global "WannaCry" attack -- although it slammed the accusation as "absurd".

has also denied launching any hacking attacks on the Pyeongchang Olympics, where its team is formally banned following the revelation of systemic doping.

First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 01:27 IST