Kremlin state-sponsored hacker groups were involved in cyber-attacks targeting the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
The devious state-sponsored hacker groups most likely work for the Russian military agency GRU’s Main Center for Special Technology (GTsST), the same governmental group that is responsible for many cybersecurity problems including the infamous NotPetya ransomware attack in 2017.
Now the hacker groups compromised as many as 300 computers linked to the games, and also placed malware on routers in South Korea on an opening day.
The Moskow state-sponsored hacker groups have tried to run a so-called false flag operation that was aiming to implicate North Korea not them.
During the winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang, there have been many cyber-attacks that have caused significant cybersecurity problems.
One of the most notably involved the official website of the games that taken offline for 12 hours ahead of the opening ceremony in early February, This cyber-attack caused a big cybersecurity problem because many visitors were unable to buy or print their tickets.
Wi-Fi connectivity and televisions in the media center also went down, all thanks to a new variant of malware that was used to target high individuals in key organizations involved with the Winter Games.
This kind of cybersecurity problems was easy to be made because of poor cybersecurity solution implementation. According to our cybersecurity researchers, any of the associated devices were poorly protected, in most of them there wasn’t any stable antivirus solution installed.
If Russia is responsible for attacks on the games, it will make sense because its athletes have been banned from competing under the Russian flag.
Infamous Russian state-sponsored hacking group Fancy Bear has been highly active in trying to discredit Olympic athletes, as well as the games itself.
Ordinary cybercriminals were active too. Usually, they are trying to jump on favorite sporting events to defraud consumers, and Pyeongchang 2018 was an exception.
As an example: since 2010, cybercriminals used 105 spoof domains to registered variations on the official pyeongchang2018 moniker, facilitating illegal streaming, malware distribution, non-sanctioned ticket sales and other illicit activities.
Many of those cybersecurity problems can be avoided by implementing a secure cybersecurity solution in every device that you own. Consider installing an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac, depending on which OS your device has, to add an extra layer of protection to your device data and computing power.