Russian hackers leak data of more athletes on doping list


15 Sep 2016 | by
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Russian hackers leak data of more athletes on doping list

The World Anti-Doping Agency said another batch of athlete data has been leaked by the same Russian cyber espionage group that published confidential data earlier this week.

The World Anti-Doping Agency said another batch of athlete data has been leaked by the same Russian cyber espionage group that published confidential data earlier this week.

WADA said late on September 14 that the hackers "Fancy Bears" released data of 25 athletes, including 10 from the United States, five each from Germany and Britain, and one each from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Romania, and Russia.

Among the athletes are 14 who won medals in the Rio Olympics last month, it said. TASS identified the Russian athlete as boxer Misha Aloyan. WADA did not identify the other athletes.

WADA said it believes this week's attacks are being carried out as retaliation for the agency's investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia.

"We condemn this criminal activity and have asked the Russian Government to do everything in their power to make it stop," WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said.

"Continued cyber-attacks emanating from Russia seriously undermine the work that is being carried out to rebuild a compliant anti-doping program in Russia."

WADA said the hacking group known as APT28 and Fancy Bears was responsible. On September 13, it fingered the same hackers for posting data about U.S. athletes Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, and Serena and Venus Williams.

"WADA is very mindful that this criminal attack, which to date has recklessly exposed personal data of 29 athletes, will be very distressing for the athletes that have been targeted; and cause apprehension for all athletes that were involved in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games," Niggli said.

"To those athletes that have been impacted, we regret that criminals have attempted to smear your reputations in this way; and assure you that we are receiving intelligence and advice from the highest level law enforcement and IT security agencies that we are putting into action."

The name "Fancy Bears"is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a collection of hackers that security researchers have long associated with Russia.

In an online statement on September 13, the group proclaimed its allegiance to Anonymous, the loose-knit movement of online mischief-makers, and said it hacked WADA to show the world "how Olympic medals are won."

"We will start with the U.S. team which has disgraced its name by tainted victories," the group said, warning that more revelations about other teams would be forthcoming.

With reporting by AP, Reuters, and TASS

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