Fancy Bear has leaked what it asserts are documents stolen from the International Luge Federation (ILF) two weeks ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics.
On 24 January, the digital espionage group posted a statement explaining its motivation for conducting what it calls “OpOlympics”:
Jason Hart, CTO of Data Protection at Gemalto, is familiar with the 2016 incident…
MUCH LIKE FANCY BEARS’ HACK OF THE WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY’S (WADA) WEBSITE LAST YEAR, THESE DOCUMENTS NEED TO BE TAKEN WITH A PINCH OF SALT, AS THE HACKING GROUP HAS A HISTORY OF CHANGING THE DATA THEY STEAL TO SUIT THEIR OWN PURPOSES. THIS DATA MANIPULATION POSES AN ARGUABLY GREATER THREAT TO ORGANIZATIONS THAN SIMPLE DATA THEFT, AS IT CAN ALLOW HACKERS TO ALTER ANYTHING FROM STOCK OR SALES NUMBERS AND IN THIS CASE, POTENTIALLY THE REPUTATIONS OF INNOCENT ATHLETES.
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