Russian hackers planned 2020 Tokyo Olympics attack, UK says

  • Russian state-backed hackers were planning to attack the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games, the UK government said Monday.
  • This came the same day the Department of Justice indicted six Russian officials for orchestrating a series of serious cyber attacks, including on the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
  • The UK gave more detail on the 2018 attacks, saying Russian hackers attempted to sabotage the games using data-deleting malware.
  • The delayed Tokyo 2020 games are scheduled to begin on July 23, 2021.
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State-backed Russian hackers were planning to attack the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo before it was postponed, the UK announced on Monday.

“Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU, conducted cyber reconnaissance against officials and organisations at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games due to take place in Tokyo this summer before they were postponed,” the UK government said in a press

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