The World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) has announced that they have been the victim of daily cyber attacks against their official website since their investigation into the Russian Sports Federation uncovered a massive, state-led doping program sanctioned by the Russian Government.
The Director General of the WADA, Olivier Niggli, made the announcement on September 1st. In his announcement, to Norway’s NRK News website, he stated that “We have experienced hacking attempts every day for three weeks. It is happening all the time and it is very annoying.”
“We have a pretty good suspicion about who the hackers are. They are from Russia and they are acquaintances of Western governments.” the WADA Director added.
These attacks stem from the investigation into Russia that uncovered a massive, state-sanctioned doping program. The WADA investigation, which began on a Russian whistle-blower’s claim of government-ordered cheating, found that athletes were given performance-enhancing drugs regularly dating back to 2011 and that positive drug tests were routinely covered up. The severity of the doping discovery led the WADA to initially ask the IOC to ban the entire Russian Federation from competing in the Rio Olympics. Eventually, the IOC decided to ban the entire Russian Paralympic team from the 2016 Rio Olympics, as well as severely sanction the Russian Olympic team.