Russian hackers attacked International Association of Athletics Federations

  • Roman Šulc
  • 8.4.2017 13:42

As ZDNet reported on April 3, the Russia-linked Fancy Bear/APT28 group attacked the systems of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in February 2017. The breach was exposed by the discovery of a data transfer from an IAAF server to a newly created storage file.

The data included information about athletes, who applied for medical use of otherwise forbidden substances. According to the IAAF the leak likely concerns 80 such athletes, who were promptly informed, that their data had been compromised. Based on its own findings, the Context Information Security, which had originally revealed the attack, determined with "a high degree of confidence" that the Russian Fancy Bear/APT28 group is responsible for the incident. The group is also linked to the cyber espionage campaigns during American presidential elections and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) data breach from summer 2016. The IAAF is currently cooperating with UK's National Cyber Security Centre to secure their networks.

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