The Tsar of all the Russias, Vladimir Putin, has ordered his hackers to take time out from getting his mate Donald Trump elected to wreck a terrible revenge on the Olympic doping committee for disqualifying most of the Russian athletes in the Rio Olympics.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) claimed that Russian hackers gained access to its database and viewed information on athletes involved in this year’s Olympic games. The agency is certain that Putin’s state-sponsored group Fancy Bear crew is behind the attack.
The accessed data included medical information, like Therapeutic Use Exemptions issued by International Sports Federations and National Anti-Doping Organizations. The group has reportedly released some of this data and threatened to release more.
It was not a direct attack. The attackers used spear phishing emails to gain access to the database and eventually used credentials specifically made for the Rio Olympic games. Since the incident, WADA is conducting vulnerability tests and bringing in law enforcement to conduct an investigation.
Fancy Bear was also reported as the group behind this summer’s attack on the Democratic National Committee. In that case, three security firms independently verified the attribution and concluded the attack’s motives related to Russia and the country’s interests.
It is believed that the attack might be revenge for the doping scandal, with the hackers seeking to prove that the world is against Russia because it is really great.