Hacking Groups Dash to the Finish Line as Rio Olympics Wraps Up


The 2016 Rio Olympics has showcased some of the greatest achievements with U.S. athletes fighting for national pride and gold medals—or with security at a gas station.

The games may also be known for cybersecurity risks for companies, athletes and spectators who do business in association with the Olympics or in Rio de Janeiro. So far, athletes Twitter accounts and international athletic associations’ websites have been hacked. 

The international hacking collective Anonymous targeted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), according the Associated Press. WADA said that none of the information taken was from their database of doping results but phishing e-mails were sent to database users. CAS also admitted that its website was breached but said that this wasn’t the first time they have experienced a hacking incident. 

The International Weightlifting Federation’s website was hacked after Iranian lifter Behdad Salimikordasiabi was disqualified after three failed attempts at in the clean and jerk competition, the Japan Times previously reported. The website was infiltrated by a hacker with the name “Master of Pain,” who took down the website and posted photos of Salimikordasiabi and messages praising the Iranian heavy weight. 

The 2016 Rio Olympics has shown that no target is off limits from cybersecurity incidents from an angry weightlifting fan or a world famous hacking collective. 

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