WADA asks Russia for help after Wiggins and Froome among athletes targeted in latest Fancy Bear attack

September 16, 2016 0

From Inside the Games

Russia have been asked to help fight against the hackers who have again infiltrated the website of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and published the confidential information of 25 athletes from eight countries, including British cyclists Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

The hacking group Fancy Bears’ published the names and documentation of the athletes that it alleged had taken banned substances.

“We go on exposing the athletes who violate the principles of fair play by taking doping substances,” the group said in a new entry, called WADA databases Part 2, on its website.

It went on to promise new leaks.

The documents released, however, appeared to be related to “therapeutic use exemptions” (TUE) obtained by the athletes from various sporting bodies.

TUEs allow competitors to take drugs in order to treat medical conditions.

There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by the athletes.

This follows the release on Tuesday (September 13) by the same hackers of TUEs belonging to America’s four-time Olympic gymnastics gold medallist Simone Biles, basketball player Elena Delle Donne and tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams.

WADA, which has previously revealed that the confidential information was stolen during a hack of its database, confirmed today that there had been another batch of information leaked by Fancy Bear, involving 10 American athletes, five Germans, five Britons and one each from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Romania and Russia.

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