London Olympics 2012 could be vulnerable to cyber attacks: Minister

London: Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has warned that the London Olympics "will not be immune" from cyber-attacks.

Maude, who is responsible for the UK Office of Cyber Security, issued this warning during a visit to Estonia.

He said attackers "would seek to disrupt the Games" likening it to that of Beijing Olympics, which witnessed over 12 million cybersecurity incidents in 2008.

“We have rightly been preparing for some time a dedicated unit which will help guard the London Olympics against cyber-attack. We are determined to have a safe and secure Games,” the BBC quoted Maude, as saying.

Last year, the British government announced a dedicated team charged with protecting this summer``s Games from cyber-attack, following which a series of worst-case scenarios is being tested on the computer systems throughout this month.

“High-end cybersecurity solutions that were used 18 months ago by a limited number of organisations to protect their networks may already be out in the open marketplace - giving cybercriminals the knowledge to get round these protective measures. Our responses have to be fast and flexible. What works one day is unlikely to work a matter of months or even weeks later,” Maude added.


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