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By Owen Gibson
sports news correspondent
19 January 2011
London Olympics organisers today warned of the increased danger of cyber
attacks that could fatally undermine the technical network that supports
everything from recording world records to relaying results to
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) said it was
"inevitable" that its systems would have to repel malicious attempts by
hackers to bring them down.
Unveiling a new lab that will run simulations of millions of scenarios
at venues with 200,000 hours of testing ahead of 2012, Locog chief
information officer Gerry Pennell said the threat had increased since
the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
"It's clear that cyber security is rising up the agenda in this country
and others. We're taking it very seriously. It consumes a significant
proportion of my time," he said.
Patrick Adiba, the chief executive of Locog's IT partner Atos Origin
Iberia, said that during the Beijing Olympics there were 14m "events" a
day, about 400 of which were "relevant events that could have been an
issue that may have impacted on the Games". All of them were blocked, he
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