Sports court reacts to news of Rio hack attempt

The Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport processed dozens of doping and Olympic eligibility cases involving Russian athletes in the days before and during the games held Aug. 5-21 two years ago.

4 October 2018 | 19:12

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 4 October 2018 | 19:12

Mark Flynn, Director General for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, left, and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers, attend a news conference, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

LONDON: The highest court in world sports said it is “good to know” that Russian hackers who allegedly attacked its website during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been identified.

The Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport processed dozens of doping and Olympic eligibility cases involving Russian athletes in the days before and during the games held Aug. 5-21 two years ago.

A U.S. Department of Justice indictment against seven Russians unsealed Thursday alleged they registered a fake domain similar to the one for the sports court’s official website and two suspects “conducted online reconnaissance efforts targeting CAS email accounts.”

In a statement, the court said its “servers were resistant enough to ensure data protection.”

The indictment says defendant Ivan Yermakov also targeted a hotel chain that operated the Rio property where the sports court had a dedicated Olympic tribunal.


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