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The Winter Olympics Have Been Pwned By Hackers

Posted in Commentary with tags on February 12, 2018 by itnerd

It seems that pwnage is an unofficial sport at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as organizers have confirmed that they were the victim of some sort of cyberattack during Friday’s opening ceremonies. But the weird thing is that they won’t reveal the source which implies that they know who did it:

The Games’ systems, including the internet and television services, were affected by the hack two days ago but organizers said it had not compromised any critical part of their operations.

“Maintaining secure operations is our purpose,” said International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams.

“We are not going to comment on the issue. It is one we are dealing with. We are making sure our systems are secure and they are secure.”

Asked if organizers knew who was behind the attack, Adams said: “I certainly don’t know. But best international practice says that you don’t talk about an attack.”

So, who could be behind the pwnage? Was it North Korea, the Chinese, or the Russians? Maybe it was a third party group that was responsible? The fact is we may never find out. Or if we do, it will be well after the games end. But seeing as I have never heard of this happening at any other Olympics, one has to be concerned.

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China Keeps Olympic Athletes From Blogging…. WTF?

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , on August 19, 2008 by itnerd

I was under the impression that China had committed to making sure that there was open media access during the games along with open web access to media and athletes? Clearly China hasn’t lived up to that promise as evidenced by blocking  the media from seeing some websites as well as keeping athletes from blogging. In regards to the latter, I present exhibit “A” which is a CBC news story (Video: Requires Windows Media Player) that describes how athletes who simply want to blog about their Olympic experience are being blocked from doing so. Keep in mind they aren’t trying to start trouble, they simply want to share their experiences with the world.

Now I for one have stayed up to watch many of the Olympic events and I’ve been thrilled by the exploits of athletes like Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. So from a sporting perspective, the games have been a success. But this just sickens me. It’s clear that the Chinese mislead if not outright lied to the IOC for no other purpose than to get the games. Hopefully, the world is watching this and does the right thing. Which is to NEVER give China another major event like the Olympics.

Of course, this posting is guarnteed to get my blog blocked by “The Great Firewall Of China” the instant I push the Publish button, but I don’t care. It is more important to me to use this platform to point out the things that are wrong with the universe. This is most certainly one of them.