Cyberattack Confirmed by 2018 Winter Olympics Officials in South Korea

Winter Olympics 2018 IOC discussing measures to contain norovirus outbreak

Winter Olympics 2018 IOC discussing measures to contain norovirus outbreak

While athletes from South and North Korea marched into the Olympic Stadium together behind a Korean flag showing the whole peninsula in blue, representatives from USA, South Korea and North Korea were boxed together in the VIP grandstand as the Winter Games of Pyeongchang were opened on Friday (February 9).

Kim Yo-jong, the sister of leader Kim Jong-un, became the first member of the Kim dynasty to travel to South Korea, where she conveyed during a meeting an invitation for president Moon to meet in Pyongyang with the North Korean leader.

The Games' systems, including the Internet and television services, were affected by the hack two days ago but organisers said it had not compromised any critical part of their operations.

As the Olympics get underway in Pyeongchang, the motives behind the apparent thaw in relations between North and South Korea are not entirely clear, but any turn away from belligerence should be nurtured.

While it's unclear whether the displays of unity will reduce tensions between the two, with North Korea testing several missiles and making world headlines for its provocative acts in the past few months, we can still dream.

Internet problems before and during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday night are being investigated as a possible cyberattack, officials said Saturday.

The two-hour long opening ceremony of the first Winter Olympics in South Korea was held under the slogan, "Passion, Connected", reports the Yonhap news agency.

It's important not to overestimate the significance of all this.

North and South Korea may be bitterly divided, but at the Olympics, they are anything but.

Kim still wants assurances that the United States won't attack or try to topple his government.

Moon also urged North Korea to talk to the United States, his office said.

Not everybody was so taken by the show of Korean unity, with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence remaining seated as the North and South Koreans entered the stadium.

Until now, the Trump administration has been a case study in ineptitude in diplomatic affairs, and Washington sorely needs to pursue a wiser policy in Korea.