A CYBER-SECURITY expert has revealed that the Winter Olympics provides a "significant security challenge" thanks to the threat of hackers targeting athletes and support staff.
It is understood that during the Games, which started today and run until February 25, advanced security will be in place to combat the risk of cyber attacks.
Thomas Richards, an associate principal consultant at Synopsys, a leading technology company said: "The Winter Olympics present a significant security challenge with regards to preventing attacks against the physical, social and technical stacks that are important to the Olympics.
"With the physical scope of these events being so immense, tracking authorised personnel will be difficult.
"This may create opportunities for malicious actors to impersonate authorised personnel by dressing or acting the same, and attempting to enter restricted areas."
In December, security firm McAfee discovered a hacking campaign which specifically targeted the Winter Olympics.
It was reported that targets included kit suppliers and ice hockey teams who were claiming to be part of South Korea's anti-terrorism council.
However, the company has not yet attributed the attack to any specific group while investigations continue.
Richards added that organisers potentially combat cyber attacks by "putting alerts on any emails coming from an external domain, and diligently informing staff that attackers may try to impersonate Olympic staff members and vendors.
"Any email requesting members to download attachments or visit a page which requires entering credentials should be highly suspect and reported to the security teams for investigation."
The US government has also raised the issue, warning any American visitors to be vigilant of cyber attacks when at the event.
US Department for Homeland Security and the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team, otherwise known as US-CERT, stated tourists can reduce the risks by switching off Wi-Fi on their phones and using a credit-card to buy goods.