Hackers weren’t just out to cause mischief at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Officials in the U.S. now believe Russian spies to be the source of a Feb. 9 hack that occurred during the event’s opening ceremony. More troublingly, the perpetrators of the hack apparently tried to make it look as though it was all the work of North Korean agents. SEE ALSO: An ad industry group nominated Russia’s election hack for all the awards A Saturday report from the Washington Post notes that analysts believe the hack was a retaliatory action against the International Olympic Committee. In Dec. 2017, the IOC formally suspended the Russian Olympic Committee from participating in the following year’s Winter Olympics events. Russian athletes with no previous drug violations and a history of submitting to testing were allowed to compete under the “Olympic Athletes of Russia” (OAR) banner, but their home country’s flag and national anthem were banned. Russia has a long and problematic history with Olympic bans. Catch yourself up right here. The Saturday WaPo report doesn’t get into the specifics of how GRU operatives — GRU is Russia’s CIA equivalent — went about making the hack seem like North Korea’s work. But it does… Read full this story
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