Casing the Games

Hackers may earn a bronze for trying. Some unknown cyber entities have been checking out the computer systems for the upcoming Olympic games, but so far have been rather benign. The Games’ networks are used for managing logistics, distributing results and feeds to the media and for employee, finance and communication systems.

In a Canadian Press article on the CTV news website, Steve Mert says the level of threat, so far, has been limited to “the virtual equivalent of someone walking past a row of parked cars, trying door handles.”

Barry Caswell, director of information technology operations for the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC), described what’s happening as an automated effort, “machines working and scanning and looking for vulnerabilities to generally plant some kind of code if they have that possibility.”

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