Russia was behind the cyberattack during the opening ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics

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Russian hackers were responsible for a cyberattack against the 2018 Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony, and tried to make it appear as though North Korea was responsible, reports The Washington Post.

Citing officials from the US intelligence community, the Post says that Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) gained access to around 300 computers, hacked routers, and distributed malware in the lead-up to and during the event’s opening ceremonies. The contests themselves were unaffected.

Officials speculated that attack was in retaliation for the ban on Russian athletes in the wake of a systematic doping scheme. The Post says that the GRU used North Korean IP addresses to mask their tracks to shift the blame to the country, which has had its own tensions with South Korea and the United States in recent years.

Olympic officials confirmed at the beginning of the games that a cyberattack had taken place, but didn’t reveal who the attackers were. The attack took down internet and Wi-Fi access during the opening ceremonies, as well as the event’s website.


Trump will jump on Jeff Bezos about this story.

If anyone still believes the US intelligence about anything they deserve all the brainwashing they get. Jesus christ read some wikileaks.

Ha, wikileaks!

lol wikileaks

GRU is structure of USSR and doesnt exist in Russian Federation. All you need to know about this bullshit-news.

All we need to know is that you’re ignorant and have no clue what you’re talking about.

The troll factory is working extra hard to spin in the comments again

It’s interesting how effective they are too. Especially when the fact that there are teams of paid Russian shills is know a knows fact.

This is what we’ve come to. Unquestioningly parrot anonymous intelligence sources (remember Iraq) and claim anybody who doesn’t get in line is a Russian troll (McCarthy). Good god people, read a history book.

And so it begins. Look at these comments. Soon nothing will be true except what our own political party says is true.

Soon nothing will be "true" except what anonymous "officials" claim. Wait, that’s already the case.

Keep spewing Russian propaganda, you’re good at it.

Keep spewing CIA propaganda, you’re good at it.

Hurray, it’s bedtime for Bonzo again!

Man, Russia is petty as hell.

I am no longer sure if I’m talking about the Olympics hack or the comments.

Ban em from 2020, too.

It’s just political crap. And it’s a shame The Verge lately is more and more publishing such US propaganda. Russia is again the bad guy like in the cold war time, and US is the good guy.
Not to mention the olimpics fiasco is just playing double standards. Some pills for russians are not good, but US athletes can get them under exemptions of ‘special cases’. See the leaks from few years ago.

You guys need to be a little less obvious.

Shhh, it’s the intern.

This is just more of russia’s program to destabilize the West. For that matter, I’m very suspicious of these defending russia.

Wow, what happened to the good ol’ presumption of innocence, you guys? I mean, I know The Verge loves to bash Russia for all that’s wrong here, but since when is presenting alleged facts as the truth has become an accepted journalistic practice?

Disclosure: Yes, I am Russian, but that doesn’t make my comments any less valid. My critique isn’t of The Verge bashing Russia, it’s of writing alleged facts as truth – the very definition of fake news. I love you, The Verge, and I just want you to get better. A simple "allegedly" would suffice.

The truth is the intelligence services of your country are trying to destabilize mine.

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