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The hacking group Anonymous Caucasus has posted warnings that "cyber attacks_" could be used to act against "_any company that finances or supports the _Sochi Olympics_, "according to a recent article published on the NBC News website. The article stated that the group declared its position on Twitter by confirming that "_it had called on its members to take action against Sochi-related sites, using the hashtags #paybackforsochi and #opsochi._"
According to the NBC article, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a section of Homeland Security, has released a security bulletin warning that "_the winter games could be used by 'hacktivists' seeking to take advantage of the large audience to spread their message." The article indicates that those in attendance at the Sochi games using various communication methods "will likely have their communications monitored." Announcements by the Department of Homeland Security further state that "cybercriminals may use the games way to spread malware or phishing scams to sports audiences around the world_, "according to the article
The Russian "national games committee_" was taken offline on Wednesday after a denial of service (DDOS) attack hit "_Internet sites related to the games_, "as stated by the article. In addition to these issues, the article indicates that the Russian National Olympic Committee website – Olympic.ru – was "_unavailable for a time and appeared to have been targeted in action." Also, as the report indicates, social media was flooded by "online postings from some hackers_" protesting reports of the "_killing of stray dogs at Olympic venues earlier this week as media and athletes arrived for the games._" These targeted websites saw messages lead with a statement that the article quoted to say, "_We warned you Russia."
Written by Bryon Turcotte / February 5, 2014