That was the same day McAfee published its Revealed: Operation Shady RAT white paper showing numerous governments, corporations and non-profit agencies had been hacked, including the World Anti-Doping Agency, the International Olympic Committee and an unnamed “Olympic Committee of Western Country”.
McAfee hasn’t assigned blame, but the source of the hacker attacks is widely believed to be in China. The report is called Operation Shady RAT — the Beijing Olympics happened during the Chinese zodiac’s year of the rat — and it included this veiled reference to the Middle Kingdom.
“The interest in the information held at the Asian and Western national Olympic Committees, as well as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency in the lead-up and immediate follow-up to the 2008 Olympics was particularly intriguing and potentially pointed a finger at a state actor behind the intrusions, because there is likely no commercial benefit to be earned from such hacks.”
Two Canadian government agencies were hacked, one in October 2009 for six months, the other for one month in January 2010. On page 7 of the report, there is that reference to the unnamed “Olympic Committee of Western Country” being infiltrated in August 2007 for a seven-month period.
The victim appears to have been the Canadian Olympic Committee.
I asked spokesperson Riley Denver whether the COC was that mysterious “Olympic Committee of Western Country” and, if so, what was the nature of the attack and how did it impact operations?
The response from Denver? “The COC isn’t going to comment on this issue.”
On April 6, 2005, the Canadian Olympic Committee’s executive director Chris Rudge was in Beijing and signed a “Sino-Canadian” memorandum of agreement with Chinese government and Olympic committee officials. You can still find that news release on the Chinese Olympic Committee website, but the parallel news release from the Canadian perspective no longer appears in the April 2005 section on the Canadian Olympic Committee website.
Draw your own conclusions.
I say, the Canadian Olympic Committee owes athletes, sponsors, media and sports fans in Canada an explanation.
Were its systems hacked and was any personal information stolen?
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