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Hackers Strike Anti-Doping Lab Computers, Steal Data

Global cyber-terrorists furnishing data for perpetrating frauds to counteract the battle against drug-usage in athletics might appear very far fetched but to the director of the primary French anti-doping lab in south of Paris, it is a fact.

Cyber-terrorist sneaked information from computers an anti-doping laboratory in France, where trials are being disputed by Floyd Landis- the American cyclist, police announced on November 14, 2006.

The prosecuting attorney's office in Nanterre has started an initial investigation into "invasion into a data system" and "stealing of information."

The cyber crimes division of the French police has started an investigation after cyber-terrorists hijacked the home computer system and dispatched classified data through messages and emails trying to bring the lab into disrepute. Pierre Bordry, the president of the French Anti-Doping Agency, filed the charges on November 7, 2006.

"A probe is ongoing but I don't want to remark as the matter is sub-judice and may have bearing on the lawsuits", stated Jacques de Ceaurriz, the laboratory director.

The anti-doping firm's president, Pierre Bordry declared that he had demanded for enhanced security of the computing system against hackers. "We have been told that cyber-terrorists have infiltrated the system and employed text file for a crusade of slander which is just shocking."

As stated by L'Equipe, the sports newspaper, a cyber-terrorist infiltrated the databanks and conveyed messages and emails, bearing a pseudonym. These e-mails were dispatched to organizations like the International Cycling Union, the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency together with the media and other anti-doping labs recognized by Wada, disgracing the lab by questioning its dependability.

The cyber-terrorist impersonating a lab worker, alleged in his correspondence that the lab was undependable and faults are a regular phenomenon clearly evidenced from the collection of bungled trials.

The French anti-doping firm's president Pierre Bordry, requested the French government to tauten the security of the lab.


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