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Report: Olympic Organizers Are Employing An IT Firm That Was Hacked Months Prior

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Eric Lieberman Deputy Editor

The tech company employed by the organizers of the Winter Olympics was likely hacked months before the international games commenced in Pyeongchang, South Korea, according to CyberScoop.

The allegations from the tech publication, which is centered around expert analysis, comes just days after officials investigated and subsequently confirmed that “non-critical systems” were virtually attacked by a for-now unknown perpetrator.

The hackers, using malware called Olympic Destroyer, appeared to have infiltrated computer systems belonging to Atos, the multinational information technology company, back in December, according to CyberScoop. The aforementioned infected software is intended to terminate data, and wreak havoc on computers by causing malfunctions, or complete failures.

It’s still not clear to CyberScoop how the hackers were able to penetrate certain systems, and even steal information related to Olympics employees. But Atos told the outlet that it was investigating a possible breach at the company that may be related to the most recent incident in Pyeongchang.

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