Disinfo: Sweden is hiding positive doping tests of two athletes


The hacker group Fancy Bears published a number of documents of The Swedish Sports Confederation (RF), that shows the sports functionaries hid positive doping tests of one skier and one track and field athlete.

The materials note that the two athletes have at various times given positive doping tests, which showed the presence of a prohibited preparation terbutaline (analogue of salbutamol, which is prescribed for the treatment of bronchial asthma and bronchitis – Ed.), But no athletes have been investigated or sanctioned .

It is also reported that, according to information from the documents, the vast majority of skiers and biathletes from Sweden use therapeutic exceptions, since they suffer from a chronic inflammatory disease of the respiratory tract.

According to hackers, representatives from The Swedish Sports Confederation launched an attack on Norwegian skiers, giving out news of tens of thousands of doses of salbutamol, which the Norwegian team took with them to the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in order to take the blow from Swedish sport,


No evidence given. The Confederation said the attack was aimed at discrediting its anti-doping activities. "We have nothing to hide and the goal of the sports movement's anti-doping efforts is to ensure all athletes' right to participate and compete in an environment free from doping. The most serious thing about this intrusion is that personal data such as those of the active athletes is spread by hackers" said Stefan Bergh, Secretary General of The Swedish Sports Confederation. The Confederation also appealed to the media and the public not to help spread the sensitive personal details of the active athletes that had been hacked - denying that any of the details suggests that they have been involved in doping.

The Swedish Sports Confederation has reported the hack to the police and reported the infringement to the Data Inspectorate.

It said the attack was by the Fancy Bears hacking group, also known as APT28, which Western governments and security experts have linked to a Russian intelligence agency and have blamed it for operations including an attack on the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 U.S. elections.

Earlier, Fancy Bears has also illegally obtained data from an account in WADA’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) created especially for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.  Not all data released by Fancy Bear accurately reflected original ADAMS data. https://www.wada-ama.org/en/media/news/2016-10/cyber-security-update-wadas-incident-response For more on alteration of breached data see https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/10/researchers-find-fake-data-in-olympic-anti-doping-guccifer-2-0-clinton-dumps/


  • Reported in: Issue107
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/05/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Sweden
  • Keywords: Fancy Bear, Doping, WADA


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