The UK, US and Netherlands accuse Russian Federation of cyber attacks

07 October, 2018, 18:25 | Author: Emmett Rice
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"We are going to actually make it clear that where Russian Federation acts, we are going to be exposing that action", Williamson said.

It was also active in Malaysia targeting authorities investigation the downing of flight MH17.

The report did not reveal the nature of the cyber-attacks or whether these were successful.

"We remain very alert about this", she said.

All 298 passengers and crew - most of whom were Dutch - were killed when the jet crashed in an area held by Russia-backed separatists.

Senator Cormann backed the approach of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands in calling out Russia's behaviour.

Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, said the GRU is responsible for "reckless and indiscriminate" acts.

The men were caught and expelled from the Netherlands.

Western nations accused Russia's secretive military intelligence unit of new cybercrimes on Thursday, with Dutch and British officials labeling the GRU "brazen" for allegedly targeting the global chemical weapons watchdog and the investigation into the 2014 downing of a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine. Prime Minister Theresa May and British authorities believe the men were traveling under aliases.

However, the Russian foreign ministry dismissed the allegations as "big fantasies" and part of the West's "spy mania".

The U.S. will announce indictments against several Russian intelligence officers on Thursday, the Dutch ministry said.

Assistant attorney general John Demers said three of those charged had already been indicted by special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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"This cyber operation against the OPCW is unacceptable", said Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld.

Hunt said some of the hacking serves "no legitimate national security interest" for Russian Federation.

The Global Affairs statement branded the Russian actions as "malicious", saying Canada has "high confidence that the GRU was responsible" for the attempted attack on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

"They were trying to commit a close access hack operation", he said.

When Dutch agents swooped on April 13 they found electronic equipment in the boot of the vehicle to intercept the OPCW's wifi and log in codes, including an antenna hidden in the back of the auto and facing the chemical weapons watchdog.

"The actions of these seven hackers, all working as officials for the Russian government, were criminal, retaliatory, and damaging to innocent victims and the United States' economy, as well as to world organizations", said said Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray.

The Russian military intelligence service GRU has targeted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), according to the government.

He said the Government would now be entering into discussions with allies on what new sanctions could be imposed against the Kremlin.

On camera: Four men arrive from Moscow at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

They were named in them as Alekski Morenets and Evgenii Serebriakov, described as a cyber operators, and Oleg Soktnikov and Alexey Minin, who were said to have provided "humint (human intelligence) support".

NATO's chief Jens Stoltenberg has also warned Russian Federation to stop "reckless" cyber attacks, backing the British and Dutch governments.

Russian agents attempted to breach the personal information of approximately 250 athletes from 30 countries who supported the ban on Russian athletes or condemned the country's doping program, officials said, as well as the systems of U.S. and worldwide anti-doping agencies, deeming it "a lengthy and wide-ranging conspiracy to hack into private computes and networks around the world".

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