September 19, 2021

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FBI – Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics cyberattacks and scams

FBI warns of possible direct Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics cyberattacks.  The potential theme  is also being used as “bait” in fake scams in email, web links, etc.

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The FBI has warned of possible cyberattacks directed at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, with criminals targeting live broadcasts with all the tools at their disposal.  The Summer Olympics draws a lot of attention every four years. Unfortunately, due to the Covid pandemic, the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics have no spectators and rely on broadcasts, making them a prime target for criminals.

While the FBI says it’s not aware of any specific threats related to the Tokyo Olympics, the sheer importance of the event ensures that hackers and other interested groups will try their best to compromise the systems.  “The event could use distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, ransomware, social engineering, phishing campaigns, or insider threats to block or disrupt live broadcasts of the event, steal and possibly hack and leak or hold hostage sensitive data, or impact public or private digital infrastructure supporting the Olympics,” says the FBI.