Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Norovirus cases rise to nearly 200 at Winter Olympics

Norovirus cases rise to nearly 200 at Winter Olympics

The puzzling notion that colours can affect Olympic performance has gained some credence after the Norwegian speed skating team ditche their traditional red suits for blue ones - and were promptly rewarded with a rare skating medal, at the Pyeongchang Games.

Athletes aren't the only ones going for the gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea: Cybercriminals hacked the Olympic organizing committee during the opening ceremonies on Friday, leading to malfunctions of the internet protocol televisions at the Main Press Centre, according to South Korea's Yonhap News.

Earlier, Australia's Scotty James and snowboard legend Shaun White have stunned Olympic crowds with incredible halfpipe displays to qualify in the top two spots for Wednesday's final. However, staff members in quarantine said they are given little information and the procedures to keep the virus from spreading are lackadaisical.

Stakeholders of the Olympics have been wary of the threat from hacking and some sponsors have taken out insurance to protect themselves from a cyber attack. But multiple training days have been cancelled, and even some of those that have been held took place on a truncated course, to keep skiers out of the unsafe winds at the top of the course.

Unknown hackers targeted the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with a computer virus nicknamed the "Olympic Destroyer", according to multiple US cybersecurity firms. Some people took the job to earn extra money. Just to come out here today and to make the match that we can be proud about.

But officials said they had no concerns about fitting in all the ski events, which include another 10 gold medal races before the closing ceremony on February 25.

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Once the dropper had found targets and successfully connected to them, the malware used the PsExec tool-a legitimate Windows administration tool that the dropper installed-to remotely execute a Visual Basic Script (VBScript) on the targeted systems that copied itself to them and launched the process again. The network was not fully restored until 8am local time on Saturday, a full 12 hours after the attack began, The Guardian reported.

"It's a virus that can not be treated with antibiotics, and I get that", another quarantined worker said. Only five of the 25 riders competing made it down the first run without falling in the hard conditions and none of them completed two error-free runs.

The South's disease control authority announced on Tuesday the source of the outbreak was most likely caused by contaminated cooking water at the youth training facility.

The U.S. women decidedly dispatched the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation, 5-0, Tuesday to remain ideal ahead of Wednesday's date with undefeated Canada.

Kim Hyun-jun, head of the disease authority, said patients with norovirus will continue to be quarantined.

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