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Extortion threat the latest hacking attempt on banned swimmer Shayna Jack

by ZwemZa on June 23rd, 2020

Shayna Jack is fighting a four-year doping ban as well as online extortion attempts.Credit:Paul Harris

Besieged swimmer Shayna Jack has contacted Queensland Police about an online extortion attempt but it’s not the first time her phone and social media accounts have been hacked since her anti-doping violation.

Jack and her lawyer Tim Fuller have confirmed reports she had been targeted by hackers, who sent messages saying they could “see what you’re doing at all times” and threatened to post private photos of her unless she paid unspecified sums of money.

The overseas-based attack has rattled the fragile 21-year-old, who will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in comings months after being given a four-year ban for a positive test for Ligandrol just before last year’s FINA World Championships in Korea.

She has taken down all of her social media accounts, while authorities and IT specialists are helping her to safeguard against further invasions of her privacy.

Jack, a talented freestyle sprinter who has maintained her innocence throughout the doping ordeal, has had to deal with hacking before. Her phone was targeted soon after it was returned by ASADA, who had confiscated it for a period as part of its initial investigation.

That is standard practice for the national anti-doping body but opportunistic hackers attempted to seize on its return almost instantly. At that point Jack was a major news story, with photographers hiding outside her house for months to try to get an elusive image.

Social media has been a welcome outlet for Jack, who has taken some solace in sharing aspects of her life and interests outside of swimming as she battles to save her career. But it’s likely she will now go to ground before the pivotal CAS hearing, on which her future in the water depends.

Fuller has reported the incident to CAS but it’s not yet clear whether that will impact the date of her hearing, which won’t be made public.

Jack confirmed details to the Sydney Morning Herald but declined to comment on the matter.

It’s yet another blow to the Brisbane speedster, who had set her sights on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games both as an individual and relay swimmer. She had already been part of the gold medal winning 4x100m relay team that broke the world record at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

She spoke at the end of last year about the toll the positive test had taken on her mental health and the deluge of abuse and death threats she had received online.

The publicity around her case was intense given it came amid a World Championships where Mack Horton made a public podium protest against Chinese star Sun Yang, who has since been given a career-ending suspension for his role in tampering with a doping sample.

Jack has since been banned from training in any pools affiliated with Swimming Australia and had her funding cut under the body’s anti-doping protocols.

Phil Lutton | Brisbane Times

 

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