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McAfee discovered 'malicious documents' targeting Winter Olympics ahead of opening ceremony 'hack'

posted onFebruary 12, 2018
by l33tdawg

The opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics were subject to an attack on Friday, with the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games (POCOG) confirming it experienced a cyber attack that caused a malfunction of the internet protocol televisions (IPTVs) at the Main Press Centre, Yonhap News reported over the weekend.

According to the South Korean publication, POCOG said its servers were hacked by an "unidentified attacker" during the ceremony, and that it shut down the servers -- and, as a result, its website -- to prevent further damage.

The website, which was shut down during the opening ceremony held on Friday, was switched back on at around 8am local time on Saturday. While the details are mostly unknown, McAfee Advanced Threat Research senior analyst Ryan Sherstobitoff said his teams found a new variant of the malicious documents targeting the Winter Games a few days prior to the opening ceremonies.

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