Swiss prosecutors have opened an investigation into a possible Russian cyberattack on the World Anti-Doping Agency, the Office of the Attorney General announced Saturday. Criminal proceedings on suspected political espionage were launched in March 2017, the office said in a statement. The case had not been previously reported. Swiss prosecutors have identified “two individuals” as part of the criminal investigation, the OAG said. Those two individuals, who have not yet been identified, were the same Russian spies who allegedly tried to hack a Swiss laboratory that had analyzed samples from the Novichok poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, according to prosecutors. Swiss media said the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne had also been targeted in the attack. Both organizations were involved in investigations of doping in recent years that led to dozens of Russian athletes being barred from the Olympics.
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