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Around 450 million cyberattacks were attempted during Tokyo Games

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And who cares?

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And who cares?

If you are running a tech business or doing scientific research or managing the personal data of thousands of individuals, you care a lot about these attacks.

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I wonder out of all these "attacks" how many were identified as being domestic vs international?

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Pyeongchang Olympics, 600 million, takes the gold

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@Michael Machida: That's a very blase attitude - Of course you might think differently if it affected your job or your business for a protracted length of time. Dumbass comment.

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450M ?! What's a "cyberattack" ?

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Good Job, just can't believe the number of attacks?

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Good Job, just can't believe the number of attacks?

My guess is they just used a common DDoS protection service and reported every blocked request/attemt as a "cyberattack". On one hand it makes sense, because especially with distributed denial of service attacks there is no way to tell how many attackers are really behind it therefore how many different attacks are taking place at any given time. On the other hand this of course renders the numbers meaningless.

https://blog.radware.com/security/2012/02/ddos-attacks-myths/

On the other hand I would be hesitant to even call a DDoS a "cyberattack". Yes, it disrupts your service for end users when successful, and can even have dangerous sideeffects if your IT design is stupid enough, but there aren't sophisticated north korean hacking experts behind it who try to break into your system to steal your data by using yet unknown security flaws - which is more what comes to mind when I read the word "cyberattack". It's a bit like with "hate speech". People just tend to like the word and want to use it more often, so everything suddenly becomes a cyberattack...

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@Jens Zier

On the other hand I would be hesitant to even call a DDoS a "cyberattack". Yes, it disrupts your service for end users when successful, and can even have dangerous sideeffects if your IT design is stupid enough, but there aren't sophisticated north korean hacking experts behind it who try to break into your system to steal your data by using yet unknown security flaws - which is more what comes to mind when I read the word "cyberattack". It's a bit like with "hate speech". People just tend to like the word and want to use it more often, so everything suddenly becomes a cyberattack...

Completely agree.

Now this part...

*...and can even have dangerous sideeffects if your IT design is stupid enough...*

...may unfortunately be very relevant to Japan, looking at how IT and cybersecurity in Japan seem to be limping 10-20 years behind the current global trends and advances.

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Generally good informative comments. I do understand that one orchestrated attack could involve a single overwhelming flood of a million pieces of data. How do you count that?

Thanks for the insights.

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Scare the horses to whinny for less oats, more fences.

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Nothing happen because the attacks were blocked each time.

What a non story here.

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It is easy to say it is a non-story after it is over.

It is the same as saying that COVID was nothing after wave is over because actions were taken to reduce the impact - a very blinkered view.

The Tokyo Olympics is being praised in security circles as a success. One reason is that they didn't wait for attacks to occur before acting. They took preemptive measures to identify threats. There was also a lot of data sharing between different agencies and countries that assisted with this.

Far from being a non-story, it is very much a success story.

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No, just a new excuse for conspiracy nuts to get paranoid and go postal.

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Intrusion attempts are very common so I don't know why this needs to be a story? How is this related to the olympics? Your home router has its IP address poked hundreds of times a day... you just don't know it.

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I find so many people really on APPs they down load this and that, all to make there lives simpler, but whilst people are on the web downloading etc, I feel that we are leaving our self out for trouble, the theft of private data, social media platforms displaying all of our details, from pictures of body parts through to life style patterns, analytics, online banking, etc, 450 million attempts to hack and steal data, admittedly they didnt get any, but some companies security is not as good as it should be.

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And not even one successful…lol

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And not even one successful…lol

They only reported the ones they stopped! Doesnt mean that "zero" succeeded! lol!

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