Managing Risk: Cyber Attack on Sport

The publication of Dmitri Alperovitch‘s investigation of targeted intrusions into 70+ global companies, governments and non-profit organizations during the last 5 years included mention of attacks on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Vanity Fair provides details of the targeted intrusion in its September edition. A post in The Economist (3 August) notes that:

Many data were extracted from sport-related outfits like WADA, the International Olympic Committee, as well as a host of national teams, in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

WADA has a statement on its website about the McAfee Report.

Dmitri pointed out in his blog post (2 August) that:

The interest in the information held at the Asian and Western national Olympic Committees, as well as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency in the lead-up and immediate follow-up to the 2008 Olympics was particularly intriguing and potentially pointed a finger at a state actor behind the intrusions, because there is likely no commercial benefit to be earned from such hacks.

I am very committed to open access to information but do recognise that agencies will hold sensitive information. I am hopeful that such information can be preserved through reciprocal altruism otherwise the rhetoric about the integrity of sport remains just as rhetoric. Perhaps WADA will have to add a new category of monitoring that looks specifically at cyber crime.


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