British officials said that Russian hackers targeted this year’s Tokyo Olympics in order to undermine them.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the Russian Georgian military intelligence agency conducted “cyber reconnaissance” on relevant officials and organizations.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the attack allegedly occurred before the Olympic Games were postponed to 2021.
However, officials did not elaborate on the nature or extent of the cyber attack.
At the same time, the US Department of Justice announced that it had filed charges against six Russian GRU officials. They accusing them of suspicion of providing cyberattacks for “the strategic benefit of Russia”.
U.S. prosecutors said the organization tried to sabotage the 2018 Winter Olympics, the 2017 French presidential election and Ukraine’s power grid.
Assistant Attorney General John Demers said at a press conference:
“No country has weaponised its cyber capabilities as maliciously or irresponsibly as Russia.”
He calling it “The most disruptive and destructive series of computer attacks ever attributed to a single group”.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that the attacks on the organizers, sponsors and logistics providers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were “cynical and reckless”.
He said: “We condemn them in the strongest possible terms.”
“The UK will continue to work with our allies to call out and counter future malicious cyber-attacks.”
Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also revealed details of the attack on the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
This time the operation is a “false flag” – a signal designe to look like it come from North Korea or China.
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