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IOC to take any necessary preventive measures’ after WADA database hack

September 15, 15:09 UTC+3 GENEVA
The International Olympic Committee closely cooperates with WADA on protecting personal information of athletes, a statement says
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GENEVA, September 15. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) closely cooperates with the global anti-doping agency on protecting personal information of athletes following a recent attack on WADA’s database, the IOC said in its statement to TASS on Thursday.

"The IOC is cooperating with WADA and has full confidence in their approach," according to the statement. "At the same time the IOC is checking their systems to take any necessary preventive measures. All these actions are happening in close cooperation with WADA."

An anonymous group of hackers posted information on their website Fancybears.net on Tuesday about hacking personal medical histories of athletes from the United States and the drugs they were prescribed in recent years, which were on WADA’s restricted list.

They group announced the hacking of the database of ADAMS (Anti-Doping Administration & Management System) and leaked documents proving that WADA found an official loophole to sanction the use of banned performance enhancing drugs by US legendary tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, US four-time Olympic Champion in gymnastics Simone Biles, as well as North American women’s basketball player Elena Dolle Donne.

WADA Director General Olivier Niggli was issued a hasty response on the matter on Tuesday night calling the cyber-attack a criminal act on behalf of Russia and saying that "WADA has been informed by law enforcement authorities that these attacks are originating out of Russia."

Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson rejected any possible connection of Russian hackers’ involvement in this week’s cyber-attack on ADAMS.

"Hackers and cyber-attacks are outlawed in Russia just like in the rest of the world," Zakharova said. "Russia stands against hackers and there is a relevant set of laws in force concerning this issue."

Amid the most recent developments, the hackers from the very same web source came up on Wednesday night with another batch of revealing information. They posted documents exposing the fact that the global anti-doping agency WADA favored the consumption of banned drugs by 25 more athletes from eight countries.

Among the athletes in the newly-published list of 25 alleged doping abusers, the Fancybears.net website sheds light on 14 medal winners from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, including Russian boxer Misha Aloyan, who won the Rio silver last month in men’s under-52 kg category.

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