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Oct 30, 2019
The Russian hacking group Fancy Bear has carried out "significant cyber attacks" against more than a dozen anti-doping authorities and sporting organisations around the world, security researchers have revealed.
Analysts at Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center published details of the hacks, which began on 16 September amid reports that the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) was considering action against Russian athletes ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

"At least 16 national and international sporting and anti-doping organisations across three continents were targeted in these attacks," Microsoft wrote in a blog post detailing the activity.

"The methods used in the attacks are similar to those routinely used by [Fancy Bear] to target governments, militaries, think tanks, law firms, human rights organisations, financial firms and universities around the world."

Microsoft said that the majority of the cyber attacks were unsuccessful, but not all. The company notified all of the organisations that were targeted.