French anti-doping lab at center of Floyd Landis case breached by hacker

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  1. azdroptop

    azdroptop New Member

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    French anti-doping lab at center of Floyd Landis case breached by hacker



    PARIS (AP) - A hacker stole data from computers at the French anti- doping lab whose test procedures are being challenged by American cyclist Floyd Landis, police said Tuesday.

    The Chatenay-Malabry laboratory, which is accredited by the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency, analyzed 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 Nov. 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.

    Bordry said he wants the French government to help tighten security around the lab.

    "Intruders penetrated the lab's information systems and used material taken inside in order to denigrate the lab," Bordry told France Info radio Tuesday.

    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.

    Bordry said letters were also sent to an official at Montreal's anti- doping lab.

    "It's true that there were letters sent as if they were coming from the lab," Bordry said. "To foreign labs such as the one in Montreal, which immediately caught our attention . . . we are talking about manipulation of information."

    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.

    "Professor Ceaurriz is a remarkable analyst," Bordry said. "He is recognized the world over, and I think he should be able to work in the best conditions."

    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 organizers no longer consider Landis the Tour champion. Landis will contest the test results in hearings before the U.S. 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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  2. acpinto

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    If FL had LA money the hacker wouldn´t make that kind of errors:)
     
  3. JohnO

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    The fact that LNDD's computer sytem, containing vast amounts of confidential and sensitive information, could be penetrated by a high school hacker, should in no way reflect on their competence to handle their other critical duties. I'm sure they approach the rest of their duties with at least the same level of thoroughness and attention to detail that they apply to computer security.

    It's not like they've every failed to follow procedures, or allowed confidential information to leak, in the past. What does it take to become a lab manager in France? A lobotomy?

    All the same, that was pretty dumb, Floyd. You might have actually been able to make a case, until you lowered yourself into the same sewer as your adversaries. Go away. Cycling has enough trouble right now.
     
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    Okay, well... at least your recognize that Landis is an idiot.
     
  6. Bro Deal

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    The "hacking" might be as simple as accessing the mail account of a lab employee, downloading his stored e-mail, and sending bogus e-mails to cast doubt on the results of Landis' tests. The next step up would be using administrative an account. I would like to see more detail about the method.

    If Landis had anything to do with it then he is an idiot. In the U.S. you get investigated by the Secret Service for this sort of thing.
     
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