Adam K. Levin is a consumer advocate with more than 30 years of experience and is a nationally recognized expert on cybersecurity, privacy, identity theft, fraud, and personal finance. A former Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Mr. Levin is Chairman and founder of CyberScout and co-founder of Credit.com. Adam Levin is the author of Amazon Best Selling Book Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers and Identity Thieves.
A spokesperson for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics organizing committee has confirmed that the Games fell victim to hackers just prior to the opening ceremony.
The website for the Games crashed, with visitors unable to print tickets or view information for about 12 hours. The cyber attack also affected the games television monitors. Hackers were able to infiltrate unsecure WiFi.
Hackers are targeting the upcoming Winter Olympics with a phishing and malware campaign directed at the organizations that provide infrastructure and other support for the Games.
Russian hackers connected to the cyber espionage group "Fancy Bear" claimed to have released documents stolen from the International Luge Federation, continuing a series of hack attacks on the 2018 Winter Games. The Russia-linked hackers, also implicated in the hack of the DNC and the 2016 election, have previously targeted Olympic organizations, leaking sensitive athlete data pilfered from the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2016, after the organization recommended that Russian athletes be banned from the 2016 games in Rio over allegations of state-sponsored doping.
Adam Levin Chairman and Founder of CyberScout and author of "Swiped" says "Major events like the 2018 Winter Olympic games are always prime targets for cyber attacks because hackers are looking to steal sensitive personal, financial information and trade secrets. Through malware and Ransomware attacks, cybercriminals infect systems to steal data or can hold sensitive data hostage only to be decrypted after a ransom is paid in bitcoin. Through spear phishing, cybercriminals can appear to be from legitimate organizations in order to gain privileged access to critical information, such as login credentials and passwords. This should be a cautionary tale, that cybersecurity is not a game and should be a front burner issue when significant data and institutions are at stake."