Russians Hack CrossFit Server, Leak Open Workout 17.1

Yesterday, infamous conspiracy news resource WikiLeaks published the description of CrossFit Open Event 17.1. CrossFit HQ is conducting an internal investigation, but a preliminary report issued by the company traces the leak to an attack that occurred late last week.

“The attack was perpetrated by APT 27, also known as ‘Burpee Bear,’” said Tom Whitfield, head of the private security team CrossFit hired to investigate the incident.

“These attackers demonstrated a high level of expertise in their work and have been previously associated with the Russian military.”

The full workout description is as follows:

Complete 3 rounds for time of:
Stability-ball dumbbell bench press, 12 reps
Alternating seated dumbbell curls, 12 reps
Dumbbell shrugs, 12 reps

Men use 50 lb. dumbbells (22.5 kg)
Women use 35 lb. (15 kg)

CrossFit HQ declined to comment when asked if the leaked workout will remain the same, but representatives noted that the announcement of Open Workout 17.1 will still be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Reebok CrossFit Louvre in Paris, France.

Scheduled to compete that evening are 2013 Games champion Samantha Briggs and 2016 Games 12th-place finisher Kristin Holte.

While some athletes expressed disappointment in the choice of movements, Briggs tweeted, “I’ve been training my whole life for this event.”