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Another batch of hacked athlete data released- WADA

Another batch of hacked athlete data released- WADA

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WADA has confirmed another batch of athlete data has been leaked by Russian cyber hackers ‘Fancy Bear’, an espionage group that published confidential medical data earlier this week.

WADA said in a statement that the hackers released data of 25 athletes from the United States, Germany, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Poland, Romania, and Russia.

The list included British cyclists Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova and German discus thrower, Robert Harting.

The hacking group, known as APT28 and Fancy Bear by U.S. cyber-security researchers, was also blamed by WADA on Tuesday for posting data about U.S. athletes Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, and Serena and Venus Williams.

WADA said it is reaching out to the national anti-doping organisations and international federations whose athletes are impacted by the latest data release to provide support.

WADA also repeated its belief the attacks are being carried out as retaliation for the agency’s investigations that exposed state-sponsored doping in Russia.