Russian intel officers indicted for hacking anti-doping agencies

Russian intel officers indicted for hacking anti-doping agencies

Russian intel officers indicted for hacking anti-doping agencies

On Thursday, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Russian ambassador and condemned Russia's "unacceptable" behavior with these attacks.

Britain's National Cyber Security Center said Thursday that four new attacks are associated with the GRU as well as earlier security hacks.

Key Russian attacks were carried out in 2016, days after the World Anti-Doping Agency released an initial report on Russian doping activities. But in the case of the battle between MI6 and the GRU, a decision has been made in Whitehall to highlight and isolate the Russian military intelligence arm, aiming to turn it from a source of Vladimir Putin's power to an impediment.

Then came the US government's turn, with the US Justice Department charging seven Russian GRU intelligence officers - including the four nabbed in The Hague - of an worldwide hacking rampage that targeted more than 250 athletes, a nuclear energy company and a Swiss chemical laboratory. "How we respond is a political decision by the nations involved", Mattis said after a meeting with his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts, although he said there would not necessarily be a "tit-for-tat" response by the West. They were carrying €20,000 and USA $20,000 in cash, took their rubbish from their hotel room when they left and tried to destroy their mobile phones when they were intercepted. Its old acronym - GRU -is still more widely used.

It cites attacks on the World Anti-Doping Agency, Ukrainian transport systems, the 2016 U.S. presidential race and others as very likely the work of the GRU.

The US indictment says the seven defendants are all Russian citizens and residents.

It also concluded that the GRU was behind hacks and leaks of U.S. Democratic National Committee e-mails that embarrassed President Donald Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton in the weeks before the 2016 election, among other high-profile and damaging attacks.

The Netherlands has accused four Russians of plotting to hack the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which had been probing the chemical attack on a Russian ex-spy in the UK.

At the end of December, the Obama administration expels 35 Russian diplomats and shuts down two Russian intelligence compounds as the Kremlin continues to deny a roll in the summer's cyber attacks.

Alexei Morenetz and Yevgeny Serebriakov were described by officials as "cyberoperators".

European Union officials said in a statement Russia's "aggressive act demonstrated contempt for the solemn purpose" of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Justice Department officials declined to provide additional details on Thursday about the attacks on the company.

In Malaysia, the Dutch said, it was used to target the investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in 2014 over territory held by Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.

President Vladimir Putin denies Russian Federation was involved in the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

It cites attacks on the World Anti-Doping Agency, Ukrainian transport systems, the 2016 USA presidential race and others as very likely the work of the GRU.

Wilson said that in addition to these attacks, the GRU was active around the world, carrying out "brazen, close-access cyber operations".

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia recovered from poisoning after lengthy stays in hospital.

The OPCW, in turn, was investigating the poisoning of GRU defector Sergei Skripal in which the nerve agent Novichok was used, a bold operation that British authorities dissected in a minute-by-minute surveillance camera montage last month.

At this point the Dutch counter-terrorism officers intervened to disrupt the operation and the four GRU officers were ordered to leave the country.

Details were released in a co-ordinated release by the United Kingdom and Dutch authorities on Thursday. In some of the filings, Minin listed the official military unit number of the GRU school as his home address.

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