Mishcon de Reya's Cyber Security Lead comments on on the release of personal information on Simone Biles and Serena Williams from WADA following a Russian hack
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Commenting on the release of personal information on Simone Biles and Serena Williams from WADA following a Russian hack, Mishcon de Reya's Cyber Security Lead, Joe Hancock, said:
"This seems to be the latest cyber element in the continued geopolitical fallout between America and Russia.
"The released information is highly personal and therefore potentially very damaging to the athletes involved. They are collateral damage in the wider issues – in much the same way as Sony and the Democratic Party were in the release of recent emails. Whilst Executives at Sony and the Clinton campaign are held to higher levels of scrutiny - they too still have a right to privacy.
"Geopolitical exposure is becoming harder to measure and it is not well understood by the Cyber community. If an organisation doesn't work for a Government or create large amounts of intellectual property it's rarely viewed as a risk, and - even if it is – it's often accepted as being too costly to protect against.
"Organisations should view protecting their staff, their customers and those they work for as a duty of care - putting in place the appropriate steps to care for them according to their needs if a breach occurs, considering the personal and psychological impacts of these issues.
"High profile information leaks such as these will inevitably canvas global attention and are likely to result in further issues going forwards."
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