Russian spies behind Winter Olympics cyber attack

Russian spies behind Winter Olympics cyber attack

Russian spies behind Winter Olympics cyber attack

The curling team winning gold was really fun.

The 23rd Winter Olympics, the first in South Korea since the 1988 Seoul Summer Games, passed by without any major scandals or organizational hiccups, though there were some sporadic cases of doping.

The run-up to the Games sparked an abrupt thaw in relations between North and South Korea, with the North sending a delegation of more than 500 to Pyeongchang including 22 athletes.

This also meant that no Russian Olympic federation officials were allowed to attend the event, and while some athletes were permitted to compete under the designation "Olympic Athletes from Russia", they were unable to display the Russian flag on their uniforms and, if they won medals, their country's anthem would not be played.

Now two anonymous U.S. intelligence sources have told The Washington Post that the attack came from Russia, believing it was in retaliation against the International Olympic Committee's banning of the Russian team due to doping violations.

The Winter Olympics that just concluded may not have produced quite the harvest of hardware for American athletes that USA audiences desire, but these games still offered much to celebrate.

"It's right that we do that but I don't want the focus on the money to take away from the incredible athletes and their performances because that's still what should be showcased by the Olympic Games".

However, the International Olympic Committee did not allow the OAR team to march under the Russian flag in the closing ceremony. Norway came out on top of the medal count in dominating fashion.

The Winter Olympics also saw new champions crowned, with a few teenagers coming to the fore.

The US sent its biggest ever team but finished in a disappointing fourth place on the medals table with 23 medals, which was well below its target of 37 and its worst performance in 20 years. Although they didn't medal in the event, the statement was worth more than a medal.

Officials in PyeongChang acknowledged that the Games were hit by a cyberattack during the February 9 Opening Ceremonies but had refused to confirm whether Russian Federation was responsible.

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