CCES Statement on Hacking Efforts Against Anti-Doping Organizations

(Ottawa, Ontario – October 31, 2019) – Hacking attempts against computer networks of several sport associations, including anti-doping organizations, have been reported in several media outlets. It would seem that more than a dozen anti-doping agencies around the world have been targeted. Late in 2016, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) experienced a system breach by foreign hackers. It was determined after the fact to be associated with the same group currently being reported in the media. Sadly, these types of malicious activities seem to be a part of living in today’s electronic world.

When hacked in 2016, the CCES took extreme measures to address the attack, including a period of isolation from the internet while assessing and remediating the security breach to our network and any affected devices. We learned a great deal. The CCES instituted enhanced systems and protocols to provide the organization with heightened network and system security. While the CCES was also a target during the latest effort by these persistent attackers, our systems did their job in detecting and preventing intrusion. We have no reason to believe that any of our data or the data of any athletes or organizations that we process has been at risk during this period.   

The CCES will maintain its ongoing vigilance and will transparently report any breach of our security should it occur. The CCES maintains systems and protocols to secure its resources, collaborates with IT security firms and others in strategies to limit risk and CCES personnel receive training to further reduce network risk to anticipated hacking activity.

For further information, please contact:

Megan Cumming
Corporate Communications Manager
+1 613-521-3340 x3233