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Post by Ben Reilly on Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:38 pm

Russian military intelligence services were planning a cyber-attack on the Japanese-hosted Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo this summer in a bid to disrupt the world’s premier sporting event, the UK National Cyber Security Centre has revealed, disclosing a joint operation with the US intelligence agencies.

The Russian cyber-reconnaissance work covered the Games organisers, logistics services and sponsors and was under way before the Olympics was postponed due to coronavirus.

Many previous ascribed Russian cyber-attacks have been against the state institutions of Moscow’s political opponents, but some cyber-activity has been directed at the agencies conducting inquiries into Russian sports doping.

The new evidence is the first indication that Russia was prepared to go as far as to disrupt the summer Games, from which all Russian competitors had been excluded because of persistent state-sponsored doping offences.

The UK has also become the first government to confirm details of the breadth of a previously reported Russian attempt to disrupt the 2018 winter Olympics and Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. It declared with what it described as 95% confidence that the disruption of both the winter and summer Olympics was carried out remotely by the GRU unit 74455.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/19/russia-planned-cyber-attack-on-tokyo-olympics-says-uk

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Post by eddie on Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:00 pm

Someone should disrupt the Olympics. It’s a snooze-fest. Rolling Eyes

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Post by Vintage on Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:42 pm

I tend to agree, really have no interest in sport although all my family love it so I get stuck with it sometimes.

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Post by eddie on Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:59 pm

Vintage wrote:I tend to agree, really have no interest in sport although all my family love it so I get stuck with it sometimes.

I don’t mind watching England in the World Cup but apart from that...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

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