Cyber ‘Smear’: Hackers Publish Olympians’ Medical Records 

In what a U.S. official said was a “smear” attack on American Olympians, hackers have posted online medical and drug testing records for top athletes including gymnast Simone Biles, tennis players Serena and Venus Williams and basketball player Elena Delle Donne.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced online today that hackers, who were previously linked to the Russian government, are believed to have breached one of their systems and then leaked the information publicly.The group, calling itself Fancy Bear, alleged that the records they pilfered show the U.S. athletes had “regularly used illicit strong drugs justified by certificates of approval for therapeutic use.” The records themselves show that the athletes were permitted to take the medication for existing conditions.’Beyond a Reasonable Doubt,’ Russians Hacked DNC, Analyst SaysRussia to Remain Banned From Olympics After Doping ScandalIn the case of Biles, the hackers revealed she took medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).”I have ADHD and I have taken medicine for it since I was a kid,” Biles posted on Twitter following the leak. “Having ADHD, and taking medicine for it is nothing to be ashamed of[,] nothing that I’m afraid to let people know.”Delle Donne posted on Facebook, “Side note: I’d like to thank the hackers for making the world aware that I legally take a prescription for a condition I’ve been diagnosed with, which WADA granted me an exemption for. Thanks, guys!”Venus Williams released a statement saying she was “disappointed to learn today that [her] private, medical data has been compromised by hackers and published without [her] permission.” Like the others, Williams said she followed the rules to apply for, and obtain, a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for medication. Her sister, Serena, declined to comment.Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, said the hack was an “attempt to smear athletes to make it look as if they have done something wrong. The athletes haven’t.”

Source: Cyber ‘Smear’: Hackers Publish Olympians’ Medical Records – ABC News

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