The US and UK have accused Russia of cyber-attacks on the Tokyo Olympics

The FBI said that the released data shows the scale of malicious actions of Russia in cyberspace.

Britain and the United States have said Russian military intelligence had orchestrated numerous malicious cyberattacks, including attempts to disrupt the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo next year.

British and American officials said the attacks were carried out by military unit 74455 in the Russian military intelligence (GRU), also known as The Main special technology center.

British officials noted that GRU hackers also conducted “cyber-reconnaissance” operations against the Tokyo Olympics organizers, which was supposed to be held this year but was postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Officials declined to give specific details of the attacks and did not specify whether they were successful, noting that they targeted Game organizers, logistics service providers, and sponsors.

“The GRU’s actions against the Olympic and Paralympic Games are cynical and reckless,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said. “We condemn them in the strongest possible terms.”

The Deputy Director of the FBI David Bowdich said: “The FBI has repeatedly warned that Russia is a very skilled cyber adversary, and the information disclosed in this indictment illustrates how widespread and destructive Russia’s actions are in cyberspace.”

In December last year, Russia was banned from major sporting events for four years due to large-scale doping violations. In particular, she cannot participate in the Tokyo Olympics, which was postponed due to the coronavirus.

The 2020 Games attacks are the latest in a string of hacking efforts targeting international sports organizations that Western officials and cybersecurity experts believe were orchestrated by Russia after the doping scandal that erupted five years ago.

Moscow has repeatedly denied these accusations.

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