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Russian hacker group leaks medical files of top U.S. Olympic athletes

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A Russian hacker group was accused by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for leaking confidential medical files of Olympic athletes who competed at the Rio Olympics. A group called Fancy Bears’ Hack Team admitted that it had hacked WADA’s database and was behind the athletes’ confidential information leakage on Tuesday.

Reports say that the hackers were also responsible for breaches into the Democratic National Committee and White House.

In what believed to be an act of dispute over sports doping, the Russian hacker group penetrated WADA’s athlete database and publicly revealed confidential information of top U.S. Olympians such as Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Simone Biles, as reported by NY Times.

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Reports say that the hackers have published confidential documents pertaining to the Williams sisters’ and Biles’ exemptions to use banned drugs.

“WADA deeply regrets this situation and is very conscious of the threat that it represents to athletes whose confidential information has been divulged through this criminal act,” Olivier Niggli, WADA’s executive director, said in the statement. “WADA condemns these ongoing cyber-attacks that are being carried out in an attempt to undermine WADA and the global anti-doping system.”

“Let it be known that these criminal acts are greatly compromising the effort by the global anti-doping community to re-establish trust in Russia further to the outcomes of the Agency’s independent McLaren Investigation Report,” Niggli said.

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According to BuzzFeed News, Russia denied the allegations of involvement in the hack.

“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,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told journalists.

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