Tour de France cheat faces suspended sentence in malware case

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Oh my, what a tangled story..

In 2006, American cyclist Floyd Landis won the Tour de France competition.

He was subsequently stripped of his title after an anti-doping lab reported it had found unusual levels of testosterone in his body. Landis spent years attempting to overturn the decision, spending millions of dollars in the process, before finally confessing to doping in 2009.

While Landis was still protesting his innocence, however, an anti-doping laboratory based in the suburbs of Paris reported that its systems had been infected with a Trojan horse. The lab in Chatenay-Malabry said that confidential documents related to the doping case against Landis were accessed by the intruders.

Lab director Pierre Bordry 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.

The stolen files were subsequently used as…

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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.

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