The British government released a statement according to which the Russian hack group Sandworm was preparing cyberattacks against the organizers of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, which were supposed to be held in Japan in the summer of 2020, but were postponed to next year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
By data National Cyber Security Center of Great Britain (NCSC), the Russian side conducted the relevant intelligence operations, and a separate Press release According to the British government, the hackers targeted the Olympics organizers, logistics services and sponsors.
“The actions of the GRU against the Olympic and Paralympic Games are cynical and reckless. We condemn this in the strongest possible terms, ”said British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
The UK authorities believe Russian hackers intended to sabotage the Tokyo Olympics with cyber attacks similar to those launched against the organizers of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
Let me remind you that those attacks were associated with the removal of Russian athletes from participation in the Olympics, and later this ban by the IOC was extended to the Olympic Games in Tokyo: Russian athletes were again banned from competing under the Russian flag. And now UK officials say Russia has been preparing similar cyberattacks to sabotage the Olympics again.
The UK government statement coincided with the release of the US Department of Justice statement. Let me remind you that this week the American authorities brought charges against six GRU officers, saying that these people are part of the Sandworm group and are responsible for the attacks of NotPetya, KillDisk and Olympic Destroyer malware.