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Russian military intelligence infiltrated the Swedish sports body

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Swedish prosecutors said today, Tuesday: The An investigation It showed that the Russian Military Intelligence Agency (GRU) committed serious breaches of data confidentiality in Swedish Sports Federation In 2017 and 2018, she nevertheless dropped the case.

The hacking campaign directed against the organization that oversees national sports federations in Sweden has affected some of the world’s leading sporting bodies, including FIFA and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The Swedish Public Prosecution said in a statement: The repeated and comprehensive violations led to the Russian military intelligence agency GRU accessing the personal details of the Swedish athletes, such as the medical records, which were subsequently published.

The piracy was discovered after an investigation conducted by the Swedish Security Agency in cooperation with the security services of other countries.

The data breaches occurred from December 2017 to May 2018, and Sweden was at the time bidding to host the 2026 Winter Olympics.

The hacking campaign began after the revelation of the state-backed Russian doping program in 2015.

The Swedish Public Prosecution: It decided to stop the case because it will not be able to transfer the investigation abroad and the suspects will not be extradited.

Prosecutor Mats Ljungqvist said in the statement: “Against the background of parties working for a foreign power, in this case Russia, we have come to the conclusion that the preliminary conditions for taking legal action abroad or extraditing criminals to Sweden are not available.”

The Swedish Sports Federation, the umbrella organization for Swedish sport, explained in 2018 that a Russian hacking group referred to by many electronic researchers as Fancy Bear penetrated the computers of the Anti-Doping Unit and gained access to and published records of doping tests conducted on athletes.

Bjorn Eriksson, president of the Swedish Sports Federation, said: This is a serious crime against humanity and values, as personal information that can be sensitive has been published without the slightest thought about how it affects individuals.

According to US intelligence agencies, the Russian hacking group Fancy Bear is under the control of the Russian Military Intelligence Agency (GRU).

In 2016, the World Anti-Doping Agency accused Russian hackers of stealing medical information on American Olympic athletes and spreading it online.

Cybersecurity investigators also linked the Fancy Bear hacker to the cyber attacks on the US and French elections.

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