The Tokyo Olympics starting today July 23 are special observations by the FBI which warns about possible related security risks. Like any highly visible public event, the Olympic Games are often the target of possible attacks with damage of international significance. Even more so this year with the digitization of events of this magnitude due to the Coronavirus.
The FBI and the Olympics: what are the possible risks
The news circulating in the last few hours reports the warning from the Cyber division of the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Target of hackers around the world: the Tokyo Olympics. There are many possible security risks, as this event is an international showcase in which to show off one's skills. The FBI note talks about possible social engineering and phishing attacks to divert viewers to malicious sites . These attacks, as we have already seen several times , are among the most widespread and have a great ability to attract unsuspecting web surfers.
To aggravate the picture there is also the Covid-19 pandemic which is forcing, in its fourth wave, millions of citizens to stay in their homes. Consequently, the audience that will enjoy the digital content of the Olympics will be destined to grow compared to traditional games that would have been held at different times. Many of the viewers may be inadequately prepared for the pitfalls of the web and therefore become victims of broader strategies.
Data Leakage on the eve of the Olympics
In the meantime, the data leakage of access credentials for tickets for the Olympic Games has become of global resonance. Many buyers and volunteers registered on the Olympics site have seen their login information posted online and available to the world. From what has been reported, it would seem that the damage inflicted with the leakage of information is not too vast and that countermeasures have already been implemented.
However, apart from a username and password, the leak of personal data could lead to access to even more confidential information. These include name and surname but, in the case of buyers, also current account or credit card details used to complete the ticket sale procedure. The economic impact, therefore, could be decidedly high considering the use of online sales systems in this historical period.
What are the goals of the attackers
In fact, what the FBI points out is that it may not just be attacks designed to harm citizens or make money with ransomware that encrypts our data. Behind the mask of these attacks may also be organizations aimed at generating confusion and attracting attention to them . Political ideologies often coexist that are flaunted by attackers discrediting opponents by computer.
Political aspects also emerge strongly due to the difficult situation between China and Japan, as well as the exclusion of Russia from the Olympics. These facts could generate dangerous cyber sparks as reported by Ross Rustici, Managing Director of StoneTurn. The greatest fear is that of an attack in the middle of the Olympic Games that irreparably damages its visibility. The reduction of the show would sound like a victory against the organizers with logic and methods hidden behind the plans of these criminal organizations.
We just have to hope to enjoy the Olympics in the typical ways we are used to. Probably the hard work of the Intelligence Agencies will protect us from the possible risks of avid web hackers.