Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Russian Hacking Group Leaks Williams Sisters, Simone Biles Medical Records

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has announced that its database was accessed by a Russian hacking group, which posted the confidential medical data of several US athletes online on Monday.

The cyber espionage group, known as Fancy Bear, released records on four female American Olympic athletes: tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, gymnastics multi-gold medallist Simone Biles and basketball player Elena Delle Donne.

The attack has forced Simone Biles to reveal she has Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) which made her use psychostimulants like amphetamines.

US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) chief Travis Tygart said in a statement that it was “unthinkable” for hackers to “illegally obtain confidential medical information in an attempt to smear athletes to make it look as if they have done something wrong.” He added: “In fact, in each of the situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to the global rules for obtaining permission to use a needed medication.”

Venus Williams has also released a statement that she was disappointed by the hack and indicated whatever drug she took was approved.

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