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Published: 09:30 | 15/9/16

Further medical details hacked


Hackers have released medical data relating to a number of athletes, including Tour de France winners Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

The World Anti-Doping Agency first fell victim to hackers on Tuesday evening when a group called 'Fancy Bears' leaked documents relating to American tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams and four-time gold-winning US gymnast Simone Biles.

The documents reveal details of 'therapeutic use exemptions' (TUE) granted to certain athletes with the hackers claiming TUEs amount to 'licences for doping'.

The records of Wiggins, Froome and a number of other athletes have since been leaked, although there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by any of the athletes.

Wiggins has TUEs for salbutamol as he suffers from asthma, while Froome has TUEs for prednisolone, a steroid that is used to treat chest complaints.

"Fancy Bear' [aka Tsar Team (APT28)] have leaked another batch of confidential athlete data from WADA's Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS)," a statement from WADA confirmed.

"Similar to the leak that the Agency announced on 13 September, this time the group released the confidential athlete data of 25 athletes, from eight countries, into the public domain.

"The targeted athletes include 10 from the United States, five from Germany, five from Great Britain, one from the Czech Republic, one from Denmark, one from Poland, one from Romania, and one from Russia."

WADA director general Olivier Niggli added: "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 targeted and cause apprehension for all athletes that were involved in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

"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.

"Given this intelligence and advice, WADA has no doubt that these ongoing attacks are being carried out in retaliation against the Agency, and the global anti-doping system, because of our independent (Dick) Pound and (Richard) McLaren 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.

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

"We still believe access to ADAMS was obtained through spear phishing of email accounts, whereby, ADAMS passwords were obtained enabling access to ADAMS account information confined to the Rio 2016 Games.

"We have no reason to believe that other ADAMS data has been compromised.

"WADA is reaching out to NADOs (National Anti-Doping Organisations) and IFs (International Federations) whose athletes are impacted by this new data release so they can provide them with the necessary support."

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