Could a North Korean athlete defect to South Korea during the Olympics?

Could a North Korean athlete defect to South Korea during the Olympics?

The two-hour long opening ceremony of the first Winter Olympics in South Korea was held under the slogan, "Passion, Connected".

International Olympics Committee (IOC) head of communications Mark Adams suggested the problem could be ongoing.

The International Olympic Committee said at a Sunday press event that the attack hadn't compromised critical systems. "We decided with the [International Olympic Committee] we are not going to reveal the source".

Russia, which has been banned from the Games for doping, said days before the opening ceremony that any allegations linking Russian hackers to attacks on the infrastructure connected to the Pyeongchang Olympic Games were unfounded.

"All issues were resolved and recovered yesterday morning".

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They were also not able to get close to the VIP area, where US Vice-President Mike Pence and the real Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong were in attendance.

Internal internet and wifi systems crashed at about 7:15 pm (1015 GMT) on Friday and were still not back to normal at midday on Saturday, Games organisers said. Due to the ad hoc nature of cyber operations at the Olympics, the event is more vulnerable to hackers who exploit the lack of security discipline among personnel brought together from different organizations, said Hwang Jun-won, a professor of cyber security at South Korea's Hoseo Technical College.

"We are not going to comment on the issue". Officials have anxious about such attacks coming from North Korea amidst political tensions with South Korea, and Russian Federation following the country's ban from the games due to a systematic doping scheme. It is one we are dealing with.

Russian hackers, presently accused of influencing the last US election and suspected of planning to do the same again, would have seen the Olympics as a worthwhile target giving the official banning of Russia over a doping scandal.

When questioned about who was behind the attack, Adams responded that he did not know though in a situation like this, the best practice is not to discuss the attack. "Of course, no evidence will be presented to the world", the ministry said in a statement.

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