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WADA Questions Data in Latest Medical Records Dump

Data dump; Network intrusion; Spear-phishing

The Fancy Bear hacking collective released more confidential medical information on Olympic athletes, but this time the World Anti-Doping Agency questions the data's validity.

WADA confirmed Oct. 3 that Fancy Bear released therapeutic-use exemption data about 20 the athletes from 14 countries. TUE allows athletes to use otherwise medicines they would otherwise be banned from using. As with the Sept. 13 data dump, WADA states hackers accessed the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System database via an account for the Rio 2016 Games.

The agency called the incident “a cheap shot at innocent athletes whose personal data has been exposed” and “not all data released by Fancy Bear (in its PDF documents) accurately reflects ADAMS data.”

All ADAMS users should be on the lookout for additional phishing attempts and other suspicious emails, the statement said.

Security experts link Fancy Bear with the Russian government and other efforts to disrupt the U.S. presidential elections.


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