Farah, Rose, Nadal Among Latest Athletes to Have Data Leaked by Fancy Bears Hackers
Four-time Olympic athletics champion Mo Farah and 14-time Grand Slam winning tennis player Rafael Nadal are among another 26 athletes whose leaked data has been revealed by hacking group Fancy Bears after a cyber-attack on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Farah, who successfully defended his 5,000 and 10,000 meter titles at last month’s Games in Rio de Janeiro, is one of eight reigning Olympic champions from Great Britain named on the latest list.
Others include golfer Justin Rose and two of the most high-profile members of the British rowing team in Peter Reed and Helen Glover, winners of their respective third and second Olympic titles in Rio.
Also named is gold and silver medal winning cyclist Callum Skinner and a trio of hockey players in Crista Cullen, Alex Danson and Samantha Quek.
Hungarian swimmer Laszlo Cseh, a six-time Olympic medalist, is another high profile inclusion.
Burundi’s world indoor champion and Olympic silver medal winning 800m runner Francine Niyonsaba is another track and field athlete named along with France’s 110m hurdles bronze medal winner Dimitri Bascou.
Olympic silver medal winning 3000m steeplechaser Evan Jager is one of four Americans named on the latest list.
Four Canadians are also named as well as two each from Argentina and Denmark and one from Belgium.
All the information appears, once again, to relate to legally obtained therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) granted by various sporting bodies in order to treat medical conditions.
There is thus no suggestion of wrongdoing by the athletes.
WADA have already blamed a Russian group and has approached the country’s Government to assist it in its investigation.
On Tuesday (September 14) the same hackers released details of of TUEs belonging to America’s four-time Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Simone Biles, basketball player Elena Delle Donne and tennis superstars Serena and Venus Williams.
A second raft of leaked data the following day included British Tour de France winners Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.
Cyclist Laura Trott and boxer Nicola Adams are also among those named.
By Nick Butler
Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz