The UK government has claimed that Russia was planning to disrupt the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with cyberattacks before the Games were postponed. Targets allegedly included organizers, logistics services and sponsors.

“The UK has today exposed malicious cyber activity from Russia’s GRU military intelligence service against organizations involved in the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games before they were postponed,” a press release issued by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre explained. “The activity involved cyber reconnaissance by the GRU targeting officials and organizations involved in the Games, which had been due to take place in Tokyo during the summer.”



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