Russian hackers could attack anti-doping agencies on eve of Winter Olympics

Source : 112 Ukraine

This might be their response for disqualification of the Russian national team over doping scandals
11:23, 12 January 2018

112 Agency

Russian hackers are supposed to be planning attacks on the servers of anti-doping agencies – a possible strike back for the exclusion of the Russian Olympic team from the upcoming Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Researchers from ThreatConnect, the U.S.cyber security company told the press they noted an increase of activity of Russian hackers. According to them, over the last month, unknown users registered three web domains, which imitate those of the World Anti-Doping Agency, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the Asian Olympic Council.  

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‘The moves bore similarities to the methods that a Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bear used in the past, the cybersecurity firm said in a report. Fancy Bear was blamed for an Olympics-related hack in 2016 when the World Anti-Doping Agency said the group was responsible for stealing and publishing confidential medical information about U.S. Olympic athletes. ThreatConnect said there was no evidence that hackers had used the web domains maliciously, but that the domains could provide the building blocks for future attacks,’ Reuters wrote.

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The IOC, the International Olympic Committee has not yet commented on the possible cyber threats from Russia in this period.

Previously, the IOC removed the Russian team from participation in 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. However, the ‘clean’ athletes, which appeared to have not used the banned substances will be allowed to perform under the neutral flag. Russian team’s national symbols and the national anthem will be banned during the Olympics.   

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