World Anti-Doping Agency based in Montreal victim of a Russian cyber attack


World Anti-Doping Agency based in Montreal victim of a Russian cyberattack
The World Anti-Doping Agency was targeted with "cyber attacks", according to the UK's National Cyber Security Centre

The Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has been the target of a cyber-attack, which Russian military intelligence (GRU) is “very likely to be responsible for,” Ottawa said Thursday.

WADA and the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport were targeted in 2016, and the federal government believes that the GRU is “most likely responsible for these actions,” said the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, which “joins his voice to those of his allies to denounce a series of malicious cyber operations carried out by the Russian army.

Thus, “In 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) revealed that the hacker group” Fancy Bear / APT28 “had leaked confidential information about athletes on its website. The group had illegally obtained this information by hacking the AMA’s administration and management system, “said the statement issued by Global Affairs Canada.

As for the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport, its network was compromised by malware that allowed unauthorized access.

“These activities are part of a larger-scale operation of the Russian government that deviates significantly from the appropriate behavioral framework, demonstrates contempt for international law, and undermines the rule-based international order. Canada calls on all those who value this order to come together to defend it, “said the Department of Global Affairs Canada.

US justice announced Thursday the indictment of seven Russian military intelligence (GRU) agents as part of a Kremlin-sponsored global cyber attack campaign condemned by the Netherlands, Britain, Canada and the United States. ‘Australia.

The charges include four Russian agents expelled Thursday by the Netherlands, who accuse them of attempting to hack the headquarters of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, said John Demers, Minister Deputy Justice for National Security.

The seven agents are being prosecuted by the United States for pirating international sports bodies including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the US group Westinghouse, which supplies nuclear fuel to Ukrainian power plants.

They are also prosecuted for money laundering, virtual currency use, bank fraud and identity theft.

The operations “involved sophisticated, continuous and unauthorized access to victims’ computer networks to steal private or sensitive information,” said Demers.

Three of the seven prosecuted Russians are among the 12 leaders indicted in July by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller for interfering in the 2016 US presidential election.

The two files are different, but they overlap, said John Demers.

The announcement comes as the Netherlands, Australia, Britain, NATO and the European Union also accuse Moscow of cyber attacks.

The Canadian government announced Thursday that the AMA, based in Montreal, had been the subject of a cyber attack of which the GRU was “most likely responsible.”