News broke today that 25 footballers who were using Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE’s) during the 2010 world cup have been named by the infamous Fancy Bears hacking group. Former premier league footballers such as Carlos Tevez, Dirk Kuyt and Gabriel Heinze are among those named.
Commenting on this, Kyle Wilhoit, senior cybersecurity threat researcher at DomainTools said:
“This data dump is yet another example of the importance of security measures to protect all kinds of data. While it’s safe to assume the release of this information has been done for politically motivated reasons, such data being released means they could have had access to player’s medical records. It is therefore not such a gigantic leap to assume that other private information about these individuals could also be accessed, compromised, and leveraged for more financially sensitive information. Additionally, this attack could be chained with something like spear phishing attacks to further target individuals.”