Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

PyeongChang organisers cyber-attacked during opening ceremony

PyeongChang organisers cyber-attacked during opening ceremony

More than 1,200 drones lit up the sky at the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics.

NBC's tape-delayed broadcast of the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics put up predictably huge numbers Friday night, as some 28.3 million viewers took in the PyeongChang spectacle. U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence stood only a few seats away from Kim Yo-Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

The two-hour long opening ceremony of the first Winter Olympics in South Korea was held under the slogan, "Passion, Connected". She delivered the original presentation to the International Olympic Committee seven years ago, pitching South Korea as a potential host country, and has been present at most of the official events leading up to the games. After winning their very first match to Russian Federation, they fell into a losing streak, suffering defeats to Canada, Switzerland and South Korea. Then, two athletes from the joint Koreas women's hockey team, Chung Su-hyon of North Korea and Park Jong-ah of South Korea, climbed stairs to the cauldron with the torch.

The bird figure, part of the Opening Ceremony devoted to explaining South Korean history and culture, came before the national delegations paraded into the stadium.

US officials have been urging South Korea to be cautious in its rapprochement with the North.

On his flight to Alaska on Saturday, the vice president said he left Asia "encouraged that we will continue to work very closely to continue and intensify the maximum pressure campaign" against North Korea.

Busses carrying a 280-member delegation of North Korean cheerleaders crosses a checkpoint on Tongil bridge after arriving in South Korea, in Paju on February 7, 2018.

Pence avoided public criticism of Moon, congratulating South Korea on hosting the Olympics and pledging continued support in addressing the North's nuclear threat. It was a selfie seen around the world.

It said: "Kim Yo Jong, first vice department director of the Central Committee of the WPK, exchanged warm greetings with President Moon Jae In and his wife, shaking hands with them".

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