website of the Organizing Committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics likely
suffered a cyber-attack as the committee and public could not access the
site for more than 12-hours, the committee said Thursday.
According to the committee, the website crashed on Wednesday
evening around 8:30 p.m. local time and access could not be gained until
Thursday morning at around 9 a.m.
"We think we suffered a cyber-attack. It is an extremely serious
issue," a senior member of the organizing committee told a press
gathering Thursday, with reports also stating that multiple coordinated
attempts to connect to the website that deactivated the committee’s site
had been recorded.
The committee and the government said they are as yet unaware of
the motive for the attack and investigations are currently underway.
Following a similar attack on the 2012 London Olympics website,
Tokyo officials said last month they would bolster their efforts to
combat cyber-attacks, by establishing a dedicated entity to train
personnel to deal with digital information gathering to be launched next
The attack has garnered a great deal of media attention due to
the fact that an international conference on cyber security, backed by
the World Economic Forum, will be held in Okinawa, Japan’s southern most
prefecture, from the weekend.