London – Russian navy intelligence carried out cyberattacks focusing on the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics initially scheduled to be held this summer season with the intention of disrupting the occasions, the British authorities stated Monday.
Russia’s GRU engaged within the hostile cyber exercise earlier than the choice in March to postpone the video games to subsequent 12 months as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Cyber reconnaissance was carried out on organizers, sponsor companies and logistics companies, the British authorities stated. The main points of the cyberattacks aren’t instantly identified, neither is it clear whether or not the cyberattacks precipitated precise harm to the focused entities.
In accordance with the British authorities, the actions are “the most recent in a marketing campaign of Russian malicious cyber exercise towards the Olympic and Paralympic Video games.”
Calling the Russian cyberattacks “cynical and reckless,” British International Secretary Dominic Raab stated, “We condemn them within the strongest doable phrases.”
The UK will proceed to work with its allies “to name out and counter future malicious cyberattacks,” he added.
The Tokyo Olympics are slated to be held from July 23 to Aug. 8 subsequent summer season, adopted by the Paralympics from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.