First, hackers plunged into the political arena, unearthing thousands of emails about former and current candidates running for office. Now, they’ve turned their attention to the Olympic Games, hacking into the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) database on Tuesday. Intimate details of medical records dating back years were available to the world from athletes like Venus Willems, Simone Biles and Elena Delle Donne.
The excavated records revealed that Venus Williams was diagnosed in 2011 with Sjogren’s syndrome, which impacts human energy. The hack forced Simone Biles to discuss her ongoing battle with ADHD and the medication she has taken to treat the disorder since she was a young child.
The WADA looked toward Russia as a possible culprit for the online attacks. However, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin condemned the accusation, stating there was no ground for the suspicion. According to NBC Sports, there was a statement release shedding some light on who the hackers may be affiliated with. The group said they were following the beliefs and ideals of Anonymous, the mysterious Internet entity that has outed several groups and individuals for wrongdoing online. The group posted on their website that they wanted the world to see “how Olympic medals are won”, indirectly accusing U.S. athletes of consuming performance altering drugs for wins.
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