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Fancy Bears Hit Berlinger AG and Swedish Anti-Doping Agency

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Fancy Bears hacktivists keep on publishing documents on ineffective activity and corruption in sports. This time, they stroke at the leading international supplier of security bottles for human doping controls Berlinger & Co and the Swedish anti-doping agency.

According to the hackers, Berlinger knew about the problems over their doping kits but "hastily tried to conceal the problem with the bottles by all available means". A special investigative group sent e-mails to WADA, IOC and South Korean anti-doping officials accusing everybody except Berlinger. Despite "a small number of reports", the problem affected hundreds and even thousands of samples.

According to the published documents, European Athletics’ official Pedro Aguiar Branco in his e-mail correspondence with Swedish Anti-Doping Agency employee Jan Engstrom, Richard Briscoll and Lausanne Research Institute member Tiia Kuuranne, reluctantly talks about warning Doping Control delegates over the situation with BEREG-kit Geneva. They allegedly need to wait for further instructions and Berlinger statements. Hackers believe that sports officials were absolutely aware of the scale of violations, but they ignored the problem.

After the laboratory in Cologne released the statement with hard evidence the BEREG-kit Geneva security bottles were susceptible to manual opening upon freezing of a sample, Berlinger withdrew the BEREG-kit Geneva containers and replaced them with the old-type bottles.

According to Fancy Bears, the effectiveness of the entire global doping system headed by WADA is under question because samples of clean athletes could be easily manipulated in order to eliminate competitiveness.

"The next step should be a collective claim made by the athletes against the Berlinger & Co. AG, as the manufacturer did not ensure the proper quality of its products. The company’s incompetence negatively affected the reputation and athletes’ careers. The requirement to wipe out the entire bank of doping samples, taken with the help of Berlinger special kits, could become a completely logical result," the hackers said in a statement.
 
 
Edited by HollyAndy

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