On October 20th, according to British media reports, the British National Cyber Security Center stated that Russian hackers (supported by the military intelligence agency GRU) planned to carry out malicious cyber attacks on the Tokyo Olympics. It is reported that the attack plan is a response to Russia's suspension. Six other Russian GRU officials have been charged by the U.S. Department of Justice for cyberattacking the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
The British Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement stating that "The Russian military reconnaissance agency, the General Intelligence Agency, carried out cyber attacks against officials and organizations of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer until the event was postponed. The targets of the attacks included organizers and logistics Guarantee agencies and sponsors. Attacking the Tokyo Olympics is a malicious Russian cyber activity targeting the Olympics and Paralympics."
Foreign Secretary Dominique Raab said: "The actions of the GRU Group against the Olympic and Paralympic Games are cynical and reckless. We condemn them in the strongest terms."
The British Foreign Office stated that Russia was also involved in cyber attacks against the 2018 South Korean Winter Olympics and Paralympics. According to the British, before the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Russian network department tried to pretend to be a hacker, which caused the official website to crash, the audience could not get tickets, and the wifi in the stadium was damaged. At that time, the main targets of the Russian attack also included broadcasters, a ski resort, Olympic officials, service providers and Olympic sponsors, which meant that the target of the attack was not only South Korea.
On December 9 last year, the World Anti-Doping Agency imposed a ban on Russia on the grounds that the Russian Anti-Doping Agency violated the international anti-doping regulations. Russia is prohibited from participating in, hosting or bidding for major international sports events in the next four years, including the Tokyo Olympics and the Beijing Winter Olympics. Qualified Russian athletes will only be able to compete in a neutral status, and cannot raise the Russian flag or play the Russian national anthem.
This is not the first time Russia has been charged. The British government accused Russia of trying to steal the new crown vaccine data in the summer. The National Cyber Security Center of the United Kingdom said that hackers related to Russia tried to steal the results of the new crown vaccine developed by three countries. However, at that time Russia did not accept the British cyber attack allegations, saying that these had nothing to do with Russia.