Cybersecurity experts say they have identified a destructive malware campaign likely used in a cyberattack against the 2018 Olympic Winter Games during the opening ceremony on Friday.
Experts at Cisco’s threat intelligence arm Talos have dubbed the malware “Olympic Destroyer,” saying that initial analysis indicates that the malware was designed to destroy data.
Officials organizing the 2018 games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, said Sunday that a cyberattack impacted the games’ systems resulting in technical failures during the opening ceremony, according to Reuters.
Organizers have not disclosed much publicly about the incident, which disrupted internet access and Wi-Fi during the opening ceremonies and also took the Olympics website offline. It remains unclear who was behind the attack.
“We are not going to comment on the issue. It is one we are dealing with. We are making sure our systems are secure and they are secure,” a spokesman for the International Olympic Committee told Reuters.