Russia-based hackers are apparently not happy with the attention they’ve been getting for their Olympic anti-doping agency “conspiracy” leaks.reader comments 43
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This morning, Ars received an odd ask by Twitter direct message: “Hello, we are Fancy Bears’ Hack Team.

Are you interested in WADA and USADA confidential documents?”
Fancy Bears HT is the front for the hacking operation that spear-phished International Olympic Committee members to gain access to the systems of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Those records were leaked—and in some cases, according to WADA officials, modified—in an effort to discredit the Olympics’ drug-testing rules.

The leaks were seen by officials as retribution for the bans imposed on Russian athletes after widespread doctoring of drug tests by the Russians at multiple Olympic games was exposed by a WADA investigation.
The hack of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) e-mails was first revealed in October.

A spokesperson for USADA told Ars that the e-mails were probably exposed during the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, possibly when a scientific advisor to USADA was using public Wi-Fi at the games.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations and an outside information security firm are still investigating the breach.

But officials have indicated that, as in the WADA breach, the perpetrators are in some way tied to the group behind part of the network intrusion at the Democratic National Committee and the hacking of e-mail accounts of a number of political figures—including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.
Those hacks were attributed by security researchers to a group designated by Crowdstrike as “Fancy Bear”—a name the hackers apparently liked so much that they adopted it for their Twitter account name and WADA/USADA leak site. On the other hand, whoever is behind the Fancy Bears Twitter account told Forbes’ Thomas Fox-Brewster (who got a similar pitch by DM) that they were not the same Fancy Bear (aka APT28).
Nothing in the e-mails leaked from USADA so far is particularly controversial.

The latest batch includes discussions with officials from a number of different countries’ anti-doping agencies about contingency plans for what to do if Russian athletes were not banned from the Olympic games as well as preparation for a lawsuit to be filed by USADA and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport against the International Olympic Committee that was never taken forward.

The contents of the e-mails, USADA Communications Manager Ryan Madden told Ars, “just show us doing our jobs.”
And it’s that mundane level of content—and the resulting lack of interest in continued press coverage—that may have prompted Fancy Bears to reach out to Ars and other outlets this morning.

The WADA/USADA leaks are apparently not getting the amount of attention that Fancy Bears feels they deserve, as it offered a lure to write more about them:
Hackers behind anti-doping leaks: Please write about us! We’ll give you exclusiveA transcript of Ars’ chat with some Fancy Bears.

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