Not so long ago, the world learned about Russian cyberespionage attacks only when embarrassed government officialsadmitted they’d detected the hackers silently lurking in their systems. Today, the same intruders seem to announce themselves on Facebook, via Twitter, and even on their own website contained within bear-themed clip art and gifs.
On Tuesday, a group identifying itself as Russian hackers announced that it had breached the World Anti-Doping Agency and leaked the records of American athletes, including gymnast Simone Biles and tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams.( Biles, for instance, has taken an ADHD medication since early childhood and WADA had approved her employ of it during competitor .) The records show that the agency had approved the athletes to use of banned substances after it had banned cheating Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics and were published on the website FancyBears.net and broadcast via social media accounts under the same name.
” The Russians are taking it to the next level ,” tells Dave Aitel, a former NSA analyst and founder of the security firm Immunity. Aitel argues that rather than hide their involvement in the anti-doping bureau hack, different groups may realise it can have more influence by openly claiming credit for its assaults and sending a message to other potential antagonists.” Theyve realized being covert had no advantage….Theres no penalty for saying’ yeah, its us.'”