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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has reported that Russian hackers have leaked athletes? confidential medical records. The records include the results of all athletes? drug tests. A ?Russian cyber espionage group operator by the name of Tsar Team? (aka Fancy Bear), gained access to WADA?s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).Fancy Bear was able to gain access to the system via an International Olympic Committee account, created especially for Rio 2016. In a statement released by WADA, they believe the data collected was used in an attempt to discredit the global anti-doping system. In particular, US gymnast Simon Biles has been targeted and accused of taking an "illicit psycho-stimulant".Simone responded on Twitter saying that she had been taking medication for attention deficit disorder and had gained the necessary permission beforehand to take it. Due to WADA?s "Therapeutic Use Exemptions", Biles has not broken any drug-testing regulations.
According to cyber security company Crowdstrike, Fancy Bears are a Russian-based ?threat group?.Crowdstrike's co-founder, Dmitri Alperovitch, says their style "closely mirrors the strategic interests of the Russian government".While Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was "out of the question" that the Kremlin or secret services were involved in the hacking, @RussianEmbassy?s recent tweets have done little to quash rumours.