Over 400 million cyber-attacks on systems during Tokyo Olympics

Kyodo News recently interviewed the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee and learned that during the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, there were about 450 million cyber attacks on the official website and the Olympic Organizing Committee system. Illegal access has been cut off without affecting the operation of the event. There are also concerns that the Olympics are easy to be targeted by hacker groups and cause serious losses, but this time it was successfully prevented.

This is the first time to learn of the scale of the cyber attack on the Tokyo Olympics. The number of attacks was less than in the 2012 London Olympics and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. An analysis by information security company Trend Micro said: “It may be that tickets and audience-oriented information could not be used for attacks due to the empty venue under the new crown epidemic.”

The Olympic Organizing Committee emphasized: “Successful prevention and no loss. This is the result of a concerted effort by all concerned to share information and take countermeasures.”

According to the Olympic Organizing Committee and others, from the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games to the end of the Paralympic Games on July 23, the number of illegal visits to the official website and the Olympic Organizing Committee system was cut off about 450 million times due to cyber attacks. Although the specific circumstances of the attack method are not clear, most of them are considered to be “DDoS attacks” in which a large amount of data is sent to the system in a short period of time to disable it.

Among the known attacks on the Olympic Games, the London Olympics is the largest in history. During the period, the official website alone was attacked about 200 million times, including related institutions, a total of about 2.3 billion times. The PyeongChang Winter Olympics as a whole are about 600 million times. It was originally expected that the number of attacks against the Tokyo Olympics would exceed that of London, but only about 20%.

According to the Japan Cabinet Network Security Center (NISC), a number of illegal websites pretending to publish videos of the opening ceremony and various competitions, as well as messages on social networking sites (SNS) inciting cyber attacks, have also been confirmed, but none have affected the operation of the event. s attack.

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The Beijing Winter Olympics will be held on February 4, 2022.

The Winter Olympics have a long cycle, many venues, complex systems and high openness, especially the widespread use of digital technologies, making it impossible to prevent cybersecurity threats. From the malware attack at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, to the DDoS attack during the London Olympics, to the broadcast accident at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Olympic Games network security has faced severe risks and challenges for a long time. A key part of the overall requirements for a safe and exciting event.

As an important force supporting and guaranteeing the cybersecurity of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the cybersecurity department of the capital’s public security organ has made it clear that it will focus on strengthening the cybersecurity protection of the Beijing Winter Olympics, continue to carry out special operations to clean up the Internet, and launch a cluster campaign against cyber-related crimes and harm industries. , strengthen the security level protection of important information systems, severely crack down on illegal and criminal activities such as hacker attacks, clean up harmful information such as pornography, gambling and drugs on the Internet, continue to evolve the capital’s cyberspace, and make every effort to create a clean and safe network environment for the Beijing Winter Olympics. Today, the preparations for the Beijing Winter Olympics have entered a critical period of decisive victory. The preparation of the Beijing Winter Olympics is not a matter of one place or one person, and requires efforts from all walks of life. The cybersecurity department hopes that all sectors of the society will fight side by side, fully implement the main responsibility for the cybersecurity risks of the Winter Olympics, and do a solid job of preventing risks and ensuring safety and other cybersecurity work, so as to ensure the safe and smooth holding of the Winter Olympics.

The Beijing Winter Olympics is a major and iconic event in an important historical period in my country. Running the Beijing Winter Olympics is a major event for the party and the country, and it is our solemn commitment to the international community. This year’s 4.29 Capital Cyber ​​Security Day highlights the theme of Winter Olympics security and holds the Winter Olympics Network Security System Construction Summit Forum, which is a specific measure to comprehensively prevent and resolve various risks and ensure the safe and smooth hosting of the Beijing Winter Olympics. This forum will work with all parties to discuss the security measures and countermeasures of the Winter Olympics, and is committed to creating a clear and safe cyberspace, mobilizing a wide range of security responsibilities and security cooperation, and striving to show the world the technology and intelligent elements of the Beijing Winter Olympics. , dedicate a wonderful and safe Winter Olympics to the world.

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