New Brunswick Olympian Targeted by Russian Hackers
An Olympic bronze medalist from New Brunswick has had her confidential therapeutic information leaked by Russian hacker. The hacker group Fancy Bear stole files from the World Anti-Doping Agency and has been releasing personal information about athletes that were granted exemptions to take normally banned substances. Fredericton’s Catherine Pendrel, a mountain biker who won bronze in Rio, is one of 41 athletes to have there therapeutic exemption information leaked. Pendrel was granted permission to use a pain killer while undergoing surgery on a broken thumb. The Russian hackers are releasing information about athletes that received exemption in retaliation for Russian Athletes banned from the Rio Olympics after a Russian state sponsored doping program came to light.