The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) yesterday revealed that its Anti-Doping Administration and Management System database was recently hacked -- allegedly by Russian hacker group Fancy Bear. Confidential data of athletes were stolen and some released publicly.
This incident follows the hacking of athlete Yuliya Stepanova’s ADAMS account last month after she made allegations of doping in Russian athletics, says WADA.
The anti-doping body revealed that the data stolen includes medical records of athletes associated with the recently-concluded Rio Olympic Games and believes the hackers employed spear phishing to get into accounts.
"WADA has been informed by law enforcement authorities that these attacks are originating out of Russia," said Olivier Niggli of WADA, adding, "Let it be known that these criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia further to the outcomes of the Agency’s independent McLaren Investigation Report."
WADA says the hackers have threatened to make public more stolen records.
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