In 2016, they leaked private medical records of American stars like Simone Biles and Serena Williams. In 2018, they stopped online ticket sales during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in South Korea. And in 2021, governments and cybersecurity experts around the world are nervous that they might return for the Tokyo Olympics.
It sounds strange, but it’s true: Russian hackers have disrupted every Olympic Games since 2016, when Russia was suspended from full participation.
And the question arises as to whether Russia will also try to disrupt the 2021 Games. No organization has yet produced definitive public evidence that it tries, but experts are still nervous.
In a public warning released Monday, the FBI warned that hackers could attempt a number of potential attacks to disrupt the Tokyo Games.
“The FBI is not yet aware of any specific cyber threat against these Olympics, but encourages partners to remain vigilant,” it said.
The previous attacks are what the government …