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Russia has been banned from the 2018 Olympics, possibly connected to Olympic hacking

Recently we had a post involving some hacking attempts against those in cooperation with the 2018 Winter Olympics. The hacking attempts involved sending malware-full emails from spoof accounts to those with information on the progression and supervising of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang.

Russia had been banned from the Olympics a little over a month ago due to the conclusion of the International Olympic Committee in response to Russia’s exposure of systematic doping. Now, as of recent, hackers involved with the Russian government has released emails pertaining to stolen information from the International Olympic Committee.

The hackers have claimed the name “Fancy Bears” which is a reference to the games’ mascots. The cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect stated that an earlier hack involving the Olympics, was the work of a Russian military intelligence. The hackers had gone live and published the email on Wednesday the 10th, through the means of a website that was relevant in 2016 in relation to Russia’s doping exposure.

The origins of the emails are still unknown. The emails spanned all the way back to 2016 to spring of 2017 and involved messages between IOC employees and the third parties that discussed the Russian doping conspiracy. Fancy Bear had posted a comment along with the release of the emails, stating “Europeans and Anglo-Saxons are fighting for power and cash in the sports world.”

Despite the public attention to the emails, there has been no confirmation or denial of any of the stated information by IOC members.

Crazy is the things that come about when hackers are involved. The Winter 2018 Olympics will surely be something eventful, if not for the sport achievements alone.

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