The 2020 Summer Olympics are finally here! After a year of waiting, your favorite Olympians are taking the world stage. With over 200 countries competing, it’s sure to be a must-watch event. Unfortunately, as one of the first global events to occur since the pandemic, this also makes Tokyo a prime target for cyberattacks. It was recently revealed by the Japanese Olympic Committee that they experienced a ransomware attack in April. While no ransom was demanded and all infected computers were replaced, it was followed by an attack that was intended to wipe files on Japanese networks
This is a common pattern at the Olympics. In 2016, the Rio de Janeiro games underwent hacking and data leaks and two years later at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, hackers knocked out WiFi, disabled security gates, and distributed phishing emails that targeted both athletes and company partners. While the Olympics are a large event, they are not the only ones who need to be concerned. Small businesses and non-profit organizations don’t have the expertise that the International Olympic Committee does, so it is important that they take precautions to keep their network safe.
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