New Delhi: According to PyeongChang Organising Committee, the opening ceremony of 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea was the target of a cyber attack by unidentified hackers. The attack on the servers of the organisers of the Games led to malfunctions that disrupted the Main Press Center, the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Games (POCOG).
The organisation had to shut down the servers and its website from late Friday until early Saturday in the wake of the attack, during which time spectators were unable to print their tickets during the outage, according to the POCOG.
Meanwhile, five gold medals are up for grabs on the first day of full competition in the Winter Olympics today, which features the debut of a unified Korean ice hockey team.
A day after a gala opening ceremony highlighted rapprochement with the two Koreas marching into the stadium together behind a blue and white unification flag, the joint women’s ice-hockey team backed by North Korea’s vocal cheerleaders takes on Switzerland in a preliminary match.
Elsewhere, gold medals are on offer in cross-country skiing, biathlon, speed skating, short track speed skating and ski-jumping and the first gold medal of the 2018 Olympics is likely to come in cross country skiing. (With Agencies inputs)