Russian hackers leaked four female Olympians’ medical records, giving female athletes all the attention for the first time

Russian hackers are nosy AF and seem intent on stirring up controversy in the United States. First, a group hacks the DNC’s emails during a presidential convention, and now Russian hackers leaked medical records of four female athletes: Simone Biles, Serena and Venus Williams, and Elena Delle Donne. Maybe they’re just salty the athletes outperformed theirs in the Olympics after many Russian athletes were banned for drugs, but it’s telling that they wanted to expose only women, three of them black, for taking approved prescriptions for some pretty mundane things. It’s hard to believe male Olympians don’t take prescription medication, too.

The hackers, who call themselves Fancy Bear, tapped into the the World Anti-Doping Agency’s database and revealed that all of the women had received medical exemptions to take banned drugs. Biles takes medication for ADHD and tweeted in response to the hack that she “believes in clean sport” and is not ashamed to have ADHD or take meds for it. And she shouldn’t be.

Serena received an exemption for taking painkillers for muscle pain. Donne, a U.S. basketball player, tweeted in response to Fancy Bear’s (try to keep a straight face while saying that) attack, writing: “I’d like to thank the hackers for making the world aware that I legally take a prescription for a condition I’ve been diagnosed with, which WADA granted me an exemption for. Thanks, guys!”

Fancy Bear wrote on its website that it wanted to show “how those Olympic medals were won.” But the joke is on them because all the documents show is that the women were approved to take their prescriptions and the drugs have nothing to do with enhancing their performance.

In fact, WADA and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency really don’t care. The UADA tweeted a statement targeting the hackers, writing:

“It’s unthinkable that in the Olympic movement hackers would illegally obtain confidential medical information in an attempt to smear athletes to make it look as if they have done something wrong. The athletes haven’t. In fact, in each of the situations, the athlete has done everything right in adhering to the global rules for obtaining permission to use a needed medication.”

What Fancy Bear hackers did was illegal. But it was also oddly targeted at women — mainly black women — and that’s something to take notice of. It’s hateful and stupid.

The FBI also thinks that Fancy Bear is responsible for some hacks on the White House and the Democratic National Committee, so their mission seems pretty obvious. Here’s a good rule of thumb for Russian hackers: try to get out something interesting next time (or, you know, just stop). Everyone knew the DNC wanted to elect Hillary Clinton, and everyone knows Biles of all people, along with the the other three women, plays clean. Women kick ass in the Olympics because they kick ass, not because they take performance enhancing drugs.

Also, Fancy Bear, try to think of a more threatening name next time.