When the world’s attention shakes to South Korea on February 9, the eyewitness and players will be thinking about more than gold medals. The saber-rattling between the neighboring Koreas realizes for an ominous backdrop to the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, a tension that hearing the countries’ players march under the same flag and skate on the same frost can’t fairly erase.
The Korean situation is unique, but all modern Olympics face menaces, including terrorism and the personal-security chances that come with big international bunch. “Theres” decidedly modern threats to oversee, as well. Premier among other issues: monotones and computers. “What’s different now from past Olympics is increased employment of unmanned systems and the cyber realm to stage strikes, ” says protection commentator Peter Singer. “The attacker doesn’t even have to be onsite. They can do it from afar.”
For instance, terrorists could use unmanned breath or dirt vehicles to deliver chemical agents or explosives, Singer said. Remote intruders could stage denial-of-service onrushes on systems supporting the games or embezzle travelers’ credit card data. They might try to sabotage the Games by altering drug test data, intervening with scoring methods, or doxing contestants by liberating private information to embarrass or distract them before a big phenomenon. “Theres” limitless streets that lone wolfs, terrorist radicals, criminal organizations, or country agents can take to achieve an equally broad range of nefarious goals.
For this reason, secreted in that tension-filled background will be the security forces of dozens of countries, led by the South Korean government’s own key organizations, all working to benefit from a collective expertise that rarely unifies. Allied society consult readily with each other during project and amid the nearly two weeks of affairs, and even normally adversarial countries are more likely to share information at the Games.
South Korea’s security force will run the show, but it’s no bombshell the United States will have one of the most significant powers at the Games. This is where the Diplomatic Security Service gets its turn to glisten. The State Department’s security and law-enforcement agency is charged with protecting embassies and US citizens abroad, and will have 100 agents in the country, plus dozens of additional personnels. They’ll be working in support of the United States Olympic Committee’s own security office and alongside smaller units from other American business that comprise the State Department’s International Security Event Group. Among them: the FBI and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which specializes in spacecraft data analysis and world-wide threat monitoring. In total, the US is transporting 240 contestants and 200 security personnel to Korea. And just like those jocks, these are specialized challengers who invest much of “peoples lives” trained for phenomena like this all-important two-week strain on the global stage.