A number of countries have accused Russia of mass hacking into the international oversight body overseeing Olympic competitions following the doping scandal that has shaken the country’s sport.
U.S. and British intelligence have discovered that a group they believe to be operating out of Russia hacked not only into the International Olympic Committee’s communications network but also a number of international sports organizations including the International Cricket Council, the International Athletics Federation and even the World Wrestling Federation.
The Russian hackers broke into a computer network owned by the IOC, the British Foreign Office said on Friday. But Moscow denied any role in the attack, saying that all its Olympic organizations “seem to have been completely assured that it is currently incapable of conducting such an attack.”
British spies investigating cyberattacks on London sports organizations believe they were carried out by the Russian state.
Britain’s security services, MI5 and MI6, said in a joint report issued Thursday that they “strongly believe” that Russia was behind recent cyberattacks on a number of international sports bodies, as well as a number of political attacks, such as attempts to hack Britain’s energy networks. Those investigations came in response to a wave of hackings, blackmailing, and politically motivated attacks in a “disproportionate and unprecedented” manner, the report added.
“The behavior we have seen in recent years, from both political leaders and individuals, has clearly changed significantly,” the report added.