A second list has been released by the Russian hack group Fancy Bear and this list includes the names of 25 athletes from various countries like the US, Germany, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Romania and Russia. Initially this week, a list was released by the same group where they had mentioned about the permissions that were given to American athletes like Serena and Venus Williams and Simone Biles.
The group issued a statement which said, “The list of doping addicts includes not only the athletes of the top Olympic teams but also those who compete for other countries. “They also promised that they will release a few more lists and doping reports in the coming days.
WADA issued an official statement where they confirmed that their website has been hacked. They said that the hackers have gained all this data illegally after breaching the administration system of WADA.
As per their statement, “The group has illegally gained access to ADAMS via an International Olympic Committee (IOC)-created account for the Rio 2016 Games. Confined to the Games, the account includes such confidential medical data as Therapeutic Use Exemptions delivered by International Sports Federations (IFs) and National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs). The group is releasing the data that it has obtained from this account in batches.”
WADA’s Director General, Olivier Niggli said, “WADA has no doubt that these ongoing attacks are being carried out in retaliation against the Agency, and the global anti-doping system, because of our independent Pound and McLaren investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia.” He called this to be an attack which is trying to damage the reputation of WADA and the athletes from all over the world.
To explain that Russia is not involved in all this, a spokesperson of Russian government said, “It can be stated with all certainty that there is no involvement of the official Moscow, [Russian] government or special services in such actions. This is completely ruled out.” They also said that theywould extend all the help to WADA to sort this out.