Winter Olympics have confirmed the games were hit by a cyber-attack during the opening ceremony. But refused to confirm rumours in Pyeongchang that Russia was responsible.
The official Pyeongchang 2018 site stopped working shortly before the ceremony with users unable to access information or print tickets for events. The website was only normalized at 8am on Saturday, 12 hours later.
The wifi in the Pyeonchang Olympic stadium also stopped working along with televisions and internet at the main press centre.
There are frowing concerns the cyber-attack was Russian in origin, and was a response to the fact the Russian Olymbic committee was banned from the games in December-along with nearly 200 Russian athletes-because of state-sponsored doping at the games in Sochi in 2014.
Pyeongchang 2018 spokesperson Sung Baik refused to confirm the country behind the attack but said: “There was a cyber-attack and the server was updated yesterday during the day and we have the cause of the problem. They know what happened and this is a usual thing during the Olympic Games, We are not going to reveal the source.
"We are taking secure operations and, in line with best practice, we’re not going to comment on the issue because it is an issue that we are dealing with,” he said.