Threats to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are set to begin on July 23, Recorded Future has released a new report outlining potential threats and threat actors to the 2020 Games. Titled Threats to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the first section of the report analyses Cyber Operations Targeting the Olympics Since 2018. This includes analysis of financially motivated cyber threats such as ransomware, as well as activity from Russia, North Korea, China, and Iran.

The next series of possible threats identified by Recorded Future are described as Threats to Olympic Infrastructure. Specifically, they examine the potential for phishing attacks towards Olympic employees and customers, as well as the possibility of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks used to deface or bring down Olympic websites.

Lastly, the report covers Non-Cyber Threats to the 2020 Olympics. This includes propaganda ands disinformation campaigns, protests, and the impact of COVID-19.

Though the possibility of threats against the 2020 Games is considered likely, the authors note that “at the time of writing, Recorded Future has not identified any direct threats, planned attacks, or cyber operations against the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

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