Kelley expert: Olympics could be targeted by hacktivists, others seeking to embarrass Beijing

Kelley expert: Olympics could be targeted by hacktivists, others seeking to embarrass Beijing Kelley expert: Olympics could be targeted by hacktivists, others seeking to embarrass Beijing

January 31, 20221 min read
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Scott Shackelford, associate professor of business law and ethics at Kelley, IU Cybersecurity Risk Management Program chair and director of the Ostrom Workshop Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance, said the high-profile diplomatic breach leading up to the games — including the boycott led by the United States – “means that the games could be targeted by hacktivists and other groups seeking to embarrass or otherwise harass Beijing.”

Scott Shackelford


“There are always issues associated with the Olympics given that they are a target-rich environment for criminals seeking to target athletes and spectators alike,” Shackelford said. “Beijing’s harsh data localization, cybersecurity, and cyber sovereignty laws also raises human rights concerns for athletes and reporters attending the games.”


He also noted that ironically while the Olympic games generally often coincide with a peaceful break from ongoing geopolitical tensions, this might not last long. “Witness the Russian invasion of Crimea three days after the 2014 Sochi games concluded,” he said.


Shackelford can be reached at sjshacke@indiana.edu.


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    Scott Shackelford Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics

    Scott Shakelford performs research in the field of environmental law, property rights and cybersecurity law and policy.

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