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Rio 2016 committee fires workers for stealing London data

  • The organizing committee of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games has dismissed 10 employees for downloading data without permission from computers at the London Games this year.

    The employees were working at the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), as part of the partnership between the two organizations.

    "Those involved were identified and the Rio 2016 and LOCOG leadership acted jointly and swiftly to fix the situation. All of the files were recovered and given back and the employees were fired from Rio 2016," said the Rio 2016 committee in a statement on Friday. The type of data has not been specified.

    The 10 Brazilian employees were working in different departments of the London committee and had access to files on the LOCOG computers.

    The incident was discovered soon after the end of the Olympic Games on August 12.