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Cyber experts identify destructive malware used against Olympics

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Lora Ball | 15 February, 2018, 20:47

The third day of Winter Olympic Games 2018 saw participants weathering windy conditions at Pyeongchang; the highlight of the day being Women's Slopestyle event at Phoenix Snow Park.

Bitter cold and harsh winds have impacted everything from the Opening Ceremony to some of the signature events, and have left organizers scrambling to keep schedules moving, in at least one instance leading to angry complaints from competitors.

None of the cybersecurity firms have named the threat actors possibly responsible for the attack or provided any details regarding its origin.

After the USA won the inaugural gold, they've been shutout since, losing - in sometimes excruciating fashion - to Canada in three gold medal games.

"Maintaining secure operations is our objective", International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams said.

Kristofic added, "We've been through days like this before, in World Cup, quite often and the number one thing is safety and the second thing is to have a good, fair race".

Once the dropper had found targets and successfully connected to them, the malware used the PsExec tool-a legitimate Windows administration tool that the dropper installed-to remotely execute a Visual Basic Script (VBScript) on the targeted systems that copied itself to them and launched the process again.

The organizing committee earlier said in a statement that a survey of tap water, food staff and food items is under way to trace the route of transmission. The song represents the best their talks can achieve, which I feel is more likely then you may think.

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However, suspicions have already emerged naming Russian Federation as a likely suspect after the International Olympic Committee banned Moscow from competing over the state-sponsored doping scandal.

When asked if Olympic organizers knew the source of the attack, Adams told the news agency, "I certainly don't know". "Of course, no evidence will be presented to the world".

"During destructive attacks like this there often has to be a thought given to the nature of the attack", write Mercer and Rascagneres in a blog post outlining their investigations.

"We know the cause of the problem but that kind of issues occurs frequently during the Games".

"At high-profile events, cyber activists may take advantage of the large audience to spread their message", the warning says.

At Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - a relatively low-lying area near the mountains where alpine and other events are held - the winds were sustaining 22 miles per hour Wednesday afternoon, with higher gusts.

"The samples identified, however, are not from adversaries looking for information from the games but instead they are aimed to disrupt the games", it said on the blog.

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