On Tuesday, the World Anti-Doping Agency announced that hackers from Russia had broken into its computer database stealing the medical data of different Olympic stars that included Simone Biles the U.S. gold medalist gymnast and Venus Williams the veteran tennis star.
The cyber criminals known as Fancy Bear and Tsar Team publicly released part of the data they stole and have threatened to leak additional data.
The group is also thought to be behind the hack this past June of the Democratic National Committee, which released sensitive strategy of the party and led to the resignation of the committee chair.
Fancy Bear left a message that greeted world citizens that said they were a hack team that stands for clean sport and fair play.
The message went on to say the group will disclose exclusive data about other national teams that participated in the Olympics, including sensational proof that famous athletes took doping substances.
The US gymnastics association said through a statement that amongst the files that had been breached, were drug testing results for gymnast Biles, who was the winner of four golds last month in Rio.
The group announced that Biles had been approved for an exemption for therapeutic use of specific drugs and did not break any drug testing rules including at the Rio Games.
Biles tweeted that she suffers from ADHD and that she believes that clean sport is the only fair way to compete and has followed regulations at all times.
She added that taking medicine for ADHD is nothing to be ashamed of and she is not afraid to let anyone know.
Venus Williams released a prepared statement acknowledging her results from drug tests were hacked and said she was granted therapeutic exemptions as well.
The results from drug testing for Elena Delle Donne a star player on the basketball team were revealed by hackers. She said she wanted to thank hackers that made the world aware she legally took prescription medication for a condition she has.
Travis Tygart the CEO at USADA said athletes have been smeared wrongly, as in each of the cases the athletes have done everything correct in following the guidelines in obtaining permission to use medications.
Authorities believe that a phishing email was able to obtain passwords to the data base of WADA, after fake emails were received from the recipient that asked for sensitive info.
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