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Hacker breaches anti-doping lab
14/11/2006 15:31  - (SA)  

 

Paris - A hacker attempted to steal data from computers at the French anti-doping lab whose test procedures are being challenged by American cyclist Floyd Landis, police said on Tuesday.

The Chatenay-Malabry laboratory, which is accredited by the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency, analysed the samples which indicated that Landis had elevated levels of testosterone in his system when he won the Tour de France in July.

Police are investigating a complaint that computers at the lab were breached by a hacker. The complaint was lodged by French Anti-Doping Agency president Pierre Bordry on November 7.

The prosecutor's office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre has opened a preliminary inquiry into "intrusion into an information system" and "theft of data."

The inquiry has been turned over to police specialists.

According to sports daily L'Equipe, a hacker accessed data and sent out letters to the IOC and Wada with the aim of discrediting the lab by calling into question its reliability.

L'Equipe said the hacker was posing as an employee of the French lab, and in his letters said the lab was unreliable - with the aim of suggesting mistakes are frequent by piecing together apparent proof of botched tests.

However, according to L'Equipe, the letters had not been approved by the head of the lab - Jacques de Ceaurriz - and were written in French on non-letter-headed paper by a non-native speaker, and contained basic grammatical errors. In the letters, the lab was spelled "Chatanay-Malabry," rather than "Chatenay-Malabry," L'Equipe said.

On Sunday, Landis said in a French television interview that the same lab made crucial errors in his tests.

"Even the best people make mistakes," Landis said. "I can't say that the lab is always a bad lab, but I can say that in this case it made some mistakes... I did not take testosterone."

Tour de France organisers no longer consider Landis the Tour champion. Landis will contest the test results in hearings before the US Anti-Doping Agency. If found guilty of doping, he would be formally stripped of the title and face a two-year ban.

Seven-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong, a former teammate of Landis, has also claimed the French lab is unreliable.

The lab helped develop testing for the performance enhancer EPO.

In August 2005, L'Equipe published evidence allegedly showing that six of Armstrong's frozen urine samples from the 1999 Tour came back positive for EPO.

Armstrong denied ever using banned drugs, and said he was the victim of a "witch hunt."

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I dont for 1 sec believe Floyd or Lance are/were clean. Heres my 2c, Nike sponsors Lance and they sponsored that Gatlin Athlete, for years Gatlin never had a positive test as soon as he left Nike as a sponsor and Nike wasnt happy, he got a positive test. Sources clse by say that Nike funds alot of testing Labs. Look at history none of Nikes athletes test positive.

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I just love conspiracy theories, I would love to believe that these guys were clean, but its getting increasingly difficult, just how the hell do you keep on going the way these okes do.DeadDeadDead

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I dont for 1 sec believe Floyd or Lance are/were clean. Heres my 2c' date=' Nike sponsors Lance and they sponsored that Gatlin Athlete, for years Gatlin never had a positive test as soon as he left Nike as a sponsor and Nike wasnt happy, he got a positive test. Sources clse by say that Nike funds alot of testing Labs. Look at history none of Nikes athletes test positive.

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I dont for 1 sec believe Floyd or Lance are/were clean. Heres my 2c' date=' Nike sponsors Lance and they sponsored that Gatlin Athlete, for years Gatlin never had a positive test as soon as he left Nike as a sponsor and Nike wasnt happy, he got a positive test. Sources clse by say that Nike funds alot of testing Labs. Look at history none of Nikes athletes test positive.

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ClapClapClapNice to see someone else understands exactly  who controls ALL sports.....its not the athletes or there teams... the BIG money lies in the indorsment deals.
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Regarding the hacking, As MR Armstrong and MR Landis don't have to train for hours daily anymore they probably decided to get into a new hobby.Clown

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