There will be more than one Summer Olympic Games starting later this month in London.
The official one, which everybody knows about, is the competition among the elite athletes of the world. The other is one that UK officials hope nobody will notice: the competition among the elite hackers of the cyber world, with one side trying to protect the Games’ vital computer systems while the other side tries to break into them and make mischief.
As UK officials have been saying since 2008, the country is expecting an unprecedented level of attacks during the two-plus weeks of the event.
At the July 3 National Security 2012 conference, the nation’s counter-terrorism department director, Richard Clarke, said the possible disruption from cyberattacks could rise to the level of physical threats at past games.