Tour de France cheat accused of hacking into doping lab

Graham Cluley

A US cyclist who was stripped of his title of Tour de France winner in 2006, after being found with unusual levels of testosterone in his body, is wanted in connection with an alleged hack attack against the French anti-doping agency’s laboratory that tested him.

A French judge has issued an arrest warrant for Floyd Landis after he failed to appear to testify in a case that has been rumbling since late 2006, when the Paris-based laboratory discovered a Trojan horse on its computer system that could allow remote hackers to download files.

Lab director Pierre Bordry has claimed that hackers stole data (some of which was allegedly tampered with to make it appear that the samples had not been handled appropriately) in an attempt to discredit tests conducted by his team of scientists.

For his part, Landis has denied any…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.