U.S. indicts seven Russians for hacking anti-doping agencies
The Justice Department announced charges Thursday against seven operatives tied to Russian military intelligence who officials say tried to retaliate against the U.S. and international anti-doping agencies that caught Russian athletes doping, and helped win bans on Russian athletes from some events.
The operatives hacked computers, stole and leaked personal information, and tried to combat damaging news stories and other narratives that exposed Russian doping, according to an indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in Pennsylvania.
Targets of the hacking included the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the World Anti-Doping Agency, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports, and FIFA, the international governing body for soccer.
“These victims were targeted by the GRU for their role in the investigation or public condemnation of Russia’s state-sponsored athlete doping program and their public support of, or involvement in, a ban on Russian athletes in worldwide athletic competitions,” the indictment says. The GRU is the Russian military intelligence agency.