Russian Hackers Swipe Athletes’ Medical Records—Again

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Fancy Bear, the hacking group linked to Russian intelligence, stole track and field athletes’ personal data from the sport’s international government body, The New York Times reported.

The International Association of Athletics Federation worked with authorities where its headquarters are located—Britain and Monaco—to secure its network, and notified athletes who filed medical records with it since 2012. IAAF attributed the theft to Fancy Bear, according to the Times report.

This is the third known attack attributed to Fancy Bear since some Russian athletes were banned from competing in the 2016 Olympic because of allegations of state-sponsored doping program, which the country's leaders denied. Hackers in the fall published information about athletes with therapeutic-use exemptions from the World Anti-Doping Agency and accessed the email of an U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s employee.