Olympics alert to hacking threat
Date: February 11, 2004
Officials in Athens are developing plans to counter attacks on IT infrastructure. Security officials for the Athens Olympics are working on plans to counter a possible hacker attack on key infrastructure during the Games in August, a Greek newspaper has reported. The Nea daily said on Tuesday that electronic security experts became concerned by a message in a US computer magazine asking hackers if they had found a way to interfere during the Athens Olympics.
"Theoretically, there are opportunities for them to act," the newspaper quoted a police source as saying. "We need to be alert and cooperate with other countries and with the specialist electronic crime unit".
The newspaper added that electronic scoreboards, traffic lights, utilities and air traffic networks were high on the list of possible targets that security experts would try to make hacker-proof before the Games.
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