Doping-WADA systems hacked by Russian cyber espionage group

LONDON, Dhu-AlHijjah 12, 1437, Sep 13, 2016, SPA — Confidential medical data on athletes in last month’s Rio Olympics has been hacked and published by a Russian cyber espionage group, and more such leaks may follow, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
WADA identified the group as Tsar Team (APT28), also known as Fancy Bear.
The www.fancybear.net website said it had information about a number of U.S. athletes.
“WADA condemns these ongoing cyber-attacks that are being carried out in an attempt to undermine WADA and the global anti-doping system,” said director general Olivier Niggli in a statement that did not name any athletes.
“WADA has been informed by law enforcement authorities that these attacks are originating out of Russia.”
Russian news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying any possible Russian government or secret service participation in the hacking was out of the question.
Russia’s track and field team, with the exception of one athlete based in the United States, were banned from the Rio Games in August over what WADA said was a state-backed doping programme.
Russian competitors in other sports also had to prove they were clean by meeting several criteria to be eligible to compete in Brazil.
The fancybear.net website said its team had hacked the WADA databases and “were shocked with what we saw.
— SPA
23:44 LOCAL TIME 20:44 GMT