Winter Olympics: Russia denies launching cyber attacks

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Moscow, Feb 8 (IANS) The Russian Foreign Ministry has denied launching cyber attacks against the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games slated to be held from Friday in South Korea.

“We are aware that Western media are planning to throw in pseudo-investigations on the issue of the Russian trace in hacker attacks on information resources related to holding the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea,” the ministry said in a statement late Wednesday.

No evidence will be certainly produced to the world, as before.”

The statement said that the accusations of the “Russian threat” in cyber space were fuelled by “countries that are building up their own military cyber potential, while conducting illegal surveillance and violating human rights”, reports Xinhua news agency.

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Media reports on Wednesday said that cyber security researchers had found indications that Russia-based hackers may be planning attacks against anti-doping and other Olympic organisations in retaliation for Moscow’s exclusion from the Games scheduled to last till February 25.

The International Olympic Committee banned Russia following an investigation into scandals about Russian athletes doping in the 2014 Winter Games.

The Russian athletes have to compete as neutrals in PyeongChang.



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