By Joshlin Sheridan, Marketing —
Opening Ceremonies Mayhem
According to South Korea’s Yonhap news, the Olympics organizing committee was hacked during the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies. This led to a variety of complications during the ceremonies. South Korea’s internet protocol televisions malfunctioned and the PyeongChang 2018 website had to be shut down from Friday night to Saturday morning. This meant that spectators who purchased their tickets online could not print their reservations. Although the origin of the attack is unknown, it is not uncommon that such cyber attacks occur during large events.
Potential Threats to Events
Historically, cyber attackers have targeted large functions, including the 2016 Brazil Olympics. These events often bring on threats such as phishing, ransomware, domain theft, and the creation of fake social media posts. Due to the popularity of the current Olympic Games, cyber attacks have often come in the Olympics-related fake emails with links or attachments. These unreliable emails can bring a serious threat to many, ranging from small businesses to the organizing committee in PyeongChang.
Avoiding Cyber Threats
Because cyber attacks often present themselves in the form of identity theft, it is wise to consider solutions that reduce the risk of stolen identity. IdentityDetect™ is a three-minute identity verification test that analyzes responses and mouse, keyboard, or screen interactions when someone is answering identity-related questions. Such a technology could be invaluable in helping protect businesses and individuals from cyber identity theft.