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Fancy Bear target anti-doping authorities ahead of Tokyo 2020 Games

Fancy Bear Target Anti-doping Authorities Ahead Of Tokyo 2020 Games

Microsoft: Fancy Bear hackers start targeting anti-doping authorities and sporting organizations around the world, ahead of the Tokyo Summer Games in 2020. The attacks started just before news reports about new potential action being taken by the World Anti-Doping Agency

Fancy Bear (Aka APT28, Pawn Storm, Strontium) russian hackers start targeting anti-doping authorities and sporting organizations around the world. This ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games in 2020. It has been discovered by Microsoft cyber security experts. At least 16 national and international sporting and anti-doping organizations across three continents were targeted by cyber attacks. The offensive began September 16th, just before reports about new potential action being taken by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Some of the attacks were successful, but the majority were not. Microsoft has notified all customers targeted in these attacks and has worked with those who have sought our help to secure compromised accounts or systems.

The cyber security experts: the methods used in the most recent attacks are similar to those routinely used by Fancy Bear to hit traditional targets. They include spear-phishing, password spray, exploiting internet-connected devices and the use of both open-source and custom malware

According to the cyber security experts, the methods used in the most recent attacks are similar to those routinely used by Fancy Bear to hit traditional targets. From governments to militaries, think tanks, law firms, human rights organizations, financial firms and universities around the world. They include spear-phishing, password spray, exploiting internet-connected devices and the use of both open-source and custom malware. This is not the first time Strontium has targeted such organizations. The group reportedly released medical records and emails taken from sporting organizations and anti-doping officials. It did in 2016 and 2018, resulting in a 2018 indictment in federal court in the United States.

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