Russian hackers leak medical files of American athletes

The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has announced that its database was accessed by a Russian hacking group, which posted the confidential medical data of several US athletes online on Monday.

The cyber espionage group, known as Fancy Bear, released records on four female American Olympic athletes: tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, gymnastics multi-gold medallist Simone Biles and basketball player Elena Delle Donne.

In each case, the hackers published records of so-called “Therapeutic Use Exemptions”, which permit athletes to use certain otherwise banned substances if they have a verified medical reason to do so. In making the disclosure, Fancy Bear said it planned to release more information in due course.

  • Zaba

    a Russian hacking group

    Clearly they have too much time on their hands.

  • Uncommunist

    Oh so it’s okay if some ‘American athletes’ cheat while others, especially Russians – cannot and must be banned from all sports …

  • Payback for the Obama admin trying to get the Russians banned from Río? In fact they achieved a partial ban.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I contend that the Williams sisters have been dirty from the get-go.

    • Could be. They seem unusually muscular for female tennis players. Kind of reminds me of the way the former Soviet and East German female athletes used to look before we discovered they were pumped up on ‘roids and hormones.

      • ntt1

        they remind me of R.Crumbs old character Angelfood McSpade

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Oh my!
          “Angelfood McSpade” is worth a Google and the visit to Wikipedia.

        • Slickfoot The Deplorable

          Zap Comics… 45 years, gone in a flash.

    • Exemptions is an interesting way to put it.

      • eMan14

        Sort of like Hillary having a truth exemption.

    • BillyHW

      I always suspected Venus was a man.

  • xavier

    OK. Big deal. Seriously. Why don’t those hackers do us a favour and penetrate Soros’ foundation and release his documents?

    I’m fed up with the whole doping scandal. Really, it’s annoying that people pump themselves with who knows what stuff just to get a year or 2 more of playing.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I’ve said all along the Williams sisters were cheaters.

    • Clausewitz

      To put it mildly, Serena is abnormal.