Sweden: Russia carried out cyberattacks on elite athletes

The alleged violations occurred between December 2017 and May 2018. Say Swedish authorities. The Winter Games were held in South Korea in February 2018.

Hackers from Russia are suspected of obtaining personal data from Swedish athletes, including their medical records. According to Swedish intelligence and Säpo National Security Service, which suspects the hackers were linked to the 85th GRU Center, also known as APT28 or Fancy Bear.

Discrediting states

“Data piracy is an example of sports being used to improve your country’s image and denigrate other countries,” said Daniel Steinling, Head of Anti-Espionage at Sabo. Legal obstacles prevent the Swedish public prosecutor from prosecution. Since then, the investigation of the Russian infiltrators has stopped.


According to Prosecutor Mats Leungkvist, the Swedish data attack was part of a Russian campaign against national and international anti-doping organizations. FIFA has also been a target for Russian state hackers.

United State Accused Russian state hackers have also previously reported cyber attacks on top athletes and sports organizations. It happened in the run-up to the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

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