Opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games
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Olympic cyber attack power cut fear

Fears that the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics might be subject to a cyber attack have been detailed by officials for the first time.

The concern was that hackers would attempt to cut the power to the Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony.

The threat turned out to be a false alarm, but it highlights a fear about the vulnerability of Britain's critical infrastructure to cyber attack.

Oliver Hoare, who was in charge of cyber security for the games, said although contingencies were put in place he remained nervous throughout the opening ceremony.

Under Attack - The Threat From Cyberspace is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Monday 8 July at 20:00 BST.

  • 08 Jul 2013
  • From the section UK
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