Recent news says Fancy Bear, a group in Russia, hacked into the World Anti-Doping Agency database. Then, the medical records of the US Olympic Team leaked on their website. Contained within those medical records is proof that famous Olympians used drugs banned by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Names targeted include the Williams sisters, Simone Biles, and Elena Delle Donne, a basketball player.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) confirmed this, and they blame prior attacks on the hacktivist group. Furthermore, Simone Biles allegedly took Ritalin while the Williams sisters took painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs.

The Russian groupmentions the World Anti-Doping Agency's exemption policy. Through a doctor-prescribed medication evidence and independent panel verification, WADA granted therapeutic use exemptions.

Fancy Bear's motive

Linked to Anonymous, APT28 and Tsar Team, Fancy Bear's true motivation for the hacking is to highlight the USA 'played well but not fair. They used 'dirty methods' to win. They also believe today's sports are 'truly contaminated.' Additional rumors are running rampant that the Russians did this as payback for the Rio Games, and the confirmed motivation does lean toward vengeance. The hacktivist groupbelieves the therapeutic use exemptions favor certain athletes over others.

Regardless of whether the groupsucceeded or failed, this is an irreversible discovery that affects so many athletes.

The confidential informationsmears the reputation and image the US Olympic Team built during the Rio games. In addition, those athletes will have to answer for it.

Responses to Fancy Bear's allegations

  • Simone Biles doesn't deny Fancy Bear's allegations, saying she takes it due to ADD.
  • Venus Williams feels 'disappointed' about her medical data being 'published without {her] permission.'
  • The Russian Sports Minister, Vitaly Mutko, denies Russia's connection to the hackers. In fact, he is furious that news reports point to his country. He demands proof instead of the press 'blaming Russia for everything.' Mutko states the hackers also have Russian athletes' medical records too, and that is concerning.
  • The IOC stands with the World Anti-Doping Agency in saying the athletes have done nothing wrong. Travis Tygart called this 'cyber bullying' and called the hackers 'cowardly and despicable.'

Fancy Bear is not finished yet

Now we know the target wasn'tonlytheUSA.

Medical records from various athletes around the world are on theirwebsite. Along with additional US Olympic team athletes, German, British, Denmark, Polish, Russian, Romanian, and Czech Republican athletes are on Fancy Bear's radar. Those athletes' records contained prescriptions for asthma, allergies, and anti-inflammatory medication, and all athletes received the therapeutic use exemption from WADA.

Fancy Bear vows to reveal more information in the future.

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