MOSCOW, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Foreign Ministry has denied launching cyber attacks against the upcoming Winter Olympic Games.
"We are aware that Western media are planning to throw in pseudo-investigations on the issue of the Russian trace in hacker attacks on information resources related to holding the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. No evidence will be certainly produced to the world, as before," the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement said that the accusations of the "Russian threat" in cyber space were fueled by "countries that are building up their own military cyber potential, while conducting illegal surveillance and violating human rights."
Media reports said Wednesday that cyber security researchers had found indications that Russia-based hackers may be planning attacks against anti-doping and other Olympic organizations in retaliation for Russia's exclusion from the Winter Olympic Games to be held in South Korea's PyeongChang on Feb. 9-25.
The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics following an investigation into scandals about Russian athletes doping in the 2014 Winter Games. The Russian athletes have to compete as neutrals in PyeongChang.