Olympics hit by cyberattack, source not revealed

The opening ceremony in Pyeongchang was disrupted by a cyber-attack, officials said.

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. It is one we are dealing with.

Mark Adams, spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, said it was "normal practice" not to disclose the source as investigations continue. The organizers say that while television and internet access was affected, it "it had not compromised any critical part of their operations". "But best worldwide practice says that you don't talk about an attack".

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The Winter Games are being staged only 50 miles from the border with North Korea, which is technically still at war with the South since their 1950-1953 war ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.

South Korea's presidential office said after the meeting that the North Korean leader has invited Moon to visit his country and expressed willingness to improve inter-Korean ties in the letter.

"We know the cause of the problem but that kind of issues occurs frequently during the Games".

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North Korea's ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam, who heads the delegation, responded by saying the two Koreas could overcome "unexpected difficulties" when "having a firm will and taking courage and determination to usher in a new heyday of inter-Korean relations", according to KCNA.

There are growing concerns the cyber-attack was Russian in origin, and was a response to the fact the Russian Olympic committee was banned from the games in December - along with almost 200 Russian athletes - because of state-sponsored doping at the games in Sochi in 2014.

The games have already come under attack from hackers: Last month, McAfee said that it detected attacks in the months leading up to the games, in the form of malicious e-mails sent to Olympic officials.

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