Hackers linked to the Russian government have posted online what they say are the files Olympic drug analysis four US athletes, including Serena Williams and Simone Biles gymnastics champion.
WADA confirmed on Tuesday that a group of cyber espionage luxury known as Bear illegally hacked its database of Olympic athletes for Rio 2016 Games, but had no comment on whether the images were genuine commented. NBC News has not confirmed that the files are authentic or, if authentic, are not altered.
NBC News reported details of the alleged hacking of files the AMA on August 27 saying it was part of the same campaign covert influence by the Putin regime to target numerous US government, political organizations and other perceived enemies and potentially disrupt the November elections. US officials have linked to GRU Bear Fantasy, the Russian military intelligence agency.
Russian athletes were banned from the Olympic and Paralympic Games Rio – – after the recommendation of the AMA to ban due to evidence of widespread doping.
In a detailed statement Tuesday AMA confirms cyber wide penetration of his administration Anti-Doping and Management System, known as the ADAMS database. He also said that the police had traced the failure of hackers “originating outside Russia”, known as the czar equipment (APT28) “, also known as assumption Bear” and they had acquired illegally access through an International Olympic Committee (IOC) – created the account.
Hackers published online statements claiming they were public information on US athletes to show the US He won a number of medals at the Olympic Games through deception.
A position in the Fancybear.net website said the group was “shocked and what we saw,” and that a review of files hacked AMA showed “that US athletes dozens had tested positive” for banned substances, in cases where they were given official approval for use due to extenuating circumstances.
“We will tell you how Olympic medals are won,” he said. “Let’s start with the US team, which has disgraced victories contaminated by name. Also disclose proprietary information about other national Olympic teams later.”
The website claims that American athletes “have their licenses doping … This is another evidence that the AMA and the Medical and Scientific Department of the IOC are corrupt and deceitful.”
The website said Biles, who won four gold medals in Rio, tested positive at some time in August 2016 after methylphenidate “was detected in the sample.” The drug is sold under several trade names, including Ritalin, and is commonly used to treat ADHD.
The site also claimed Serena Williams had taken painkillers and anti-inflammatories. NBC News has confirmation that the claim is accurate.
The site also published what it said were files Venus Williams and basketball player Elena Delle Donne.
Representatives of athletes could not be reached immediately, but Simone Biles responded to the court through Twitter.
“I have ADHD and have taken the medicine for him since he was a child. Please know, I believe in clean sport, I have always followed the rules, and I will continue doing game so fair is essential for sport and It is very important to me “.
Elena Delle Donne also responded to the court via Twitter: “I would like to thank hackers to make the world aware that legally take a prescription for a condition I have been diagnosed, the AMA gave me an exemption from Thanks guys! ”
Travis Tygart, director of the US Anti-Doping Agency also he tweeted a statement. “It is unthinkable that in the Olympic movement,” he said, “hackers illegally obtaining confidential medical information in an attempt to discredit the athletes to make it look as if they had done something wrong. The athletes do not have. In fact, in each of situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to global standards for obtaining permission to use a necessary medication. ”
— USADA (@usantidoping) September 13, 2016
The files intended for Williams and Biles, for example, showed that athletes had been granted exemptions for “therapeutic use”, which is allowed by Olympic rules.
Tygart went on to say that the files were authentic.
In a statement, WADA Director General Olivier Niggli said the international organization “condemns these ongoing cyber attacks being carried out in an attempt to undermine the AMA and world anti-doping system. … AMA deeply regrets this situation and he is well aware of the threat for athletes whose confidential information has been disclosed through this criminal act. ”
Niggli added: “These criminal acts are compromising largely the efforts of the world community to restore confidence doping in Russia also report the results of independent McLaren Research Agency.”
A spokesman for the AMA told NBC News that the anti-doping agency would have no further comment at this time.
Niggli said the AMA was taking very seriously hacks, cooperate with all law enforcement and vulnerability checks by internal and external security. He also said, “We are coming to interested parties, such as the [International Olympic Committee and the participating countries] with respect to specific athletes affected.”
Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of nothing that I’m afraid to let people know.
— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) September 13, 2016
While many key details were not available, the alleged publication of information obtained by athletes cyberintrusions seems to go beyond an incident in mid-August, when it disclosed details about the hack of Russian athlete and counting ADAMS Yuliya Stepanova informer. As in the case of Stepanova, the AMA believes that hackers illegally obtained access to private accounts through efforts “spearphishing” to enter won their passwords.
Initially, the AMA said that hackers do not violate ADAMS or accounts of other athletes besides Stepanova. In its August 27, NBC News said the personal information that aims to be many other athletes had begun to mysteriously appear online in mid-August.
security officials US blame luxury Bear by cyber attacks on several Democratic Party organizations, including the Democratic National Committee and some accounts in the White House, the State Department and the Joint Staff of the armed forces.
The Russian authorities have refused to play any role in the different cuts attributed to Bear Fancy piracy and another organization known as welcoming bear is believed to be sponsored by an organization separate Russian intelligence.