The Olympic Games remain one of the most-watched events in the world, with billions tuning in across digital platforms and traditional broadcasting channels. Its high-profile nature makes it a target for malicious activity, but with the games’ increased digitization and with nation-state propaganda motives at play, cyberattacks are on the rise. As we approach the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games, it is essential to understand the risks and likely actors that will attempt to jeopardize the security and integrity of the upcoming Olympics.
A new report by Microsoft shows that notorious state-backed Russian hacking group Fancy Bear (aka APT28, Strontium, Sofacy, Sednit, Tsar Team, and Sandworm) has launched “significant cyberattacks” targeting at least 16 anti-doping and sporting organizations in various countries across the globe. The campaign began on September 16. In 2018, Russia’s
“The U.S. government is cautioning Americans coming here for the 2010 Winter Olympics that the Games could be magnet for terrorists. The State Department travel advisory for the Vancouver Olympics outlines routine cross-border issues for Americans coming north – like not bringing guns due to Canada’s tighter firearm laws –