Computer Hackers Again Gain Access to Athletes’ Private Medical Records


Sebastian Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, has, in a statement, apologized to the athletes whose medical records were compromised.

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Track and field’s global governing body — the sports organization that has most forcefully disciplined Russia for state-sponsored doping — said on Monday that its computer network had been compromised by the same Russian cyberespionage group that American intelligence officials have tied to a broad effort to influence the United States presidential election. The hackers were able to gain access to athletes’ private medical records, the track and field body said.

The International Association of Athletics Federations, the sport’s ruling body, said it had discovered the attacks on Feb. 21. It attributed them to Fancy Bear, a group that stole records from global antidoping regulators last year, after the regulator recommended that Russia be barred from the 2016 Summer Olympics. Intelligence officials and forensics experts have linked…

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