Hackers launch cyber attack on UK Anti-Doping but fail to steal data
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 26/03/18 7:42pm
An attempt was make to hack UK Anti-Doping over the weekend but the agency has reassured athletes that none of its data was stolen.
UKAD staff were informed of the cyber-attack on Monday morning and an investigation is underway.
While it is too early to apportion blame, it is understood that suspicion has already fallen on the Fancy Bears, the self-styled "international hack team".
Over the last 18 months, the Russian-based group has successfully stolen confidential medical data and emails from the World Anti-Doping Agency, International Association of Athletics Federations and several other major sports organisations.
It was one of these attacks that uncovered Sir Bradley Wiggins' use of the corticosteroid triamcinolone before his three biggest races in 2011, 2012 and 2013, including his 2012 Tour de France victory.
The former Team Sky rider was given a therapeutic use exemption to use the banned drug to treat his asthma and pollen allergy.
A UKAD spokesman said in a statement: "Over the weekend UK Anti-Doping was made aware of a cyber-attack affecting our systems. We can confirm that no data has been lost or compromised.
"We took the necessary steps to investigate and resolve the situation. No core activity, including our testing programme, has been impacted.
"We are satisfied that we have appropriate levels of cyber security in place, and we continually review our systems and measures to ensure they are of a very high standard."