|Olympics banners and flags are seen beside the North Greenwich Arena at Greenwich in London July 21, 2012. Courtesy of Reuters/Toby Melville|
Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, the fastest men in the world, storm over the line together in the 100-metres final of the London Olympics — a photo finish.
As they eagerly look up for the result, a political message from a rogue hacking group fills the screen as the world looks on in disbelief.
While unlikely, the task of ensuring the unthinkable does not happen falls to the Games' IT services provider Atos.
Analysts say infiltrating the scoring and timing systems at one of the 35 competition venues around Britain, especially the Olympic stadium in east London, is a target for hackers looking to spread political messages, known as "hacktivists," and criminal gangs looking to cash in on the Games.