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Winter Olympics network outages blamed on unexplained cyberhack

12 Febrero 2018

The two Koreas glad-handed and edged closer as the world watched.

Kim has captivated media attention and fascinated the public since her arrival on Friday. They were whisked back and forth between Seoul and the Olympic towns of Pyeongchang and Gangneung.

France's Tessa Worley and Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg are expected to challenge for gold in the first Alpine skiing event in Pyeongchang. She also delivered a letter inviting Moon to a summit with her brother in Pyongyang, and asked him to play a "leading role" in reuniting the two Koreas after nearly seven decades.

Cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect says a hacking unit with Russian ties called "Pawn Storm" recently sent malicious emails to the International Ski Federation, International Ice Hockey Federation, and several other organizations with a stake in the winter games. As pointed out by Gizmodo, the New York Times uncovered evidence of hackers targeting the games, many of which appear to be linked to Kremlin retaliation schemes.

Saturday's primetime coverage from Pyeongchang, South Korea airing on NBC and the NBC Sport Network cabler brought in a 15.2 household rating/27 share in Nielsen's 56 overnight metered markets, which cover about 70% of U.S. Tv households.

On the first part, Sung is wrong.

But Kim Jong Un seems determined to try to divide the allies.

The American skiing phenom has a chance to be the most decorated athlete at the Winter Olympics if everything goes her way.

A decade of conservative rule, beginning in 2008, overturned the policy. Sure, the International Olympic Committee - acting in its own interests - casts the Games as a respite from real-world machinations.

The first Kim dynasty member to visit the south since the 1950-53 Korean War, Kim Yo Jong sat alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in to watch the Koreans suffer an 8-0 shutout by Switzerland in Pyeongchang. The organizing committee's computer servers became the target of cyber attacks during the opening ceremony, causing disruption to internet access at the Main Press Centre and a shutdown of the PyeongChang 2018 website.

"We don't want to speculate because we're still trying to find out what the root source is", said Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Games organisers.

At the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, a lot of people were meeting each other.

North Korea's participation in the Olympics has already allowed Kim Jong-un to undermine President Donald Trump's pressure campaign, with some sanctions suspended temporarily until the event ends. The organizers have now confirmed that the Games did fall victim to a cyberattack during the opening ceremony but they've not pointed a finger at any individual or nation-state just yet so it's unclear how might have been behind this attack.

Eleven months ago Mark McMorris was fighting for his life after breaking 17 bones and suffering a collapsed lung and ruptured spleen in a snowboarding accident. The U.S. and the North should quickly resume dialogue, he said.

In that regard, Kim Jong Un has scored a victory this week.

So who committed the attack is known, but officials have agreed that they'd rather not say who it was.

"This particular malware has not been seen before, and it is something custom that was created by the attacker", Sherstobitoff told ZDNet at the time.

"Yeah, I didn't hear any of it", she said, laughing.