Hackers expose 2010 World Cup players who used banned drugs
Kremlin-linked Fancy Bear hackers are back to leaking data. This time the Russian cyberespionage group has claimed to have exposed football players’ alleged drugs use. The hackers, who are also believed to have carried out targeted cyberattacks during 2016 US presidential election, including the DNC hack, have leaked names of nine British football players, among 160 worldwide footballers who allegedly failed drug tests in 2015.
Fancy Bear hackers also leaked names of 25 2010 World Cup players who were cleared to use banned medicines during the South Africa tournament. Ex-Premier League players Carlos Tevez, Dirk Kuyt and Gabriel Heinze were among those who were allegedly given therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) during the world cup.
The hackers’ leaked files reveal that four of the failed drug tests from 2015 were allegedly registered by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad). The leaked documents also allegedly claim that three of the players tested positive for cocaine and one for ecstasy.
“Today Fancy Bears’ hack team is publishing the material leaked from various sources related to football. Football players and officials unanimously affirm that this kind of sport is free of doping. Our team perceived these numerous claims as a challenge and now we will prove they are lying,” Fancy Bear hackers said.