Russian Spy Operation On Chemical Weapons Watchdog Thwarted

Russian Spy Operation On Chemical Weapons Watchdog Thwarted

Dutch authorities made the shock claim after they thwarted a Russian attack on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, having received assistance from the help of United Kingdom intelligence.

The Dutch and British prime ministers Mark Rutte and Theresa May in a joint statement accused the GRU of "disregard for global values" and lashed out at the Russian agency's "unacceptable cyber activities".

The US government announced on Thursday that it has indicted seven Russian intelligence officials for hacking targets in the United States.

The Dutch authorities released CCTV imagery of the four men arriving at Schipol Airport as well photographs of their passports.

And some are hoping - after Brexit - to exploit Britain's absence from the European Union to weaken sanctions next time they have to be agreed.

In a coordinated response the Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service (MIVD) and Britain's Ministry of Justice named the four men as Aleksei Morenets, Evgenii Serebriakov, Oleg Sotnikov and Aleksey Minin.

"We have found no evidence that the phishing campaigns against employees to breach Westinghouse's systems were successful", the company said in a statement.

Eichelsheim warned against being naive and considering the Netherlands as relatively safe from Russian cyber attacks.

At the time the Russian operation was disrupted, the OPCW was investigating the Skripal case as well as an alleged chemical attack in April on the Syrian town of Douma near Damascus by Russian-backed government forces, the MIVD said. The UK's ambassador to the Netherlands, Peter Wilson, said the unit had "sent officers around the world to conduct brazen close access cyber-operations" - which involve hacking into wifi networks.

The GRU, Britain said, was nearly certainly behind the BadRabbit and World Anti-Doping Agency hacking attacks of 2017, the hack of the US Democratic National Committee in 2016 and the theft of emails from a UK-based TV station in 2015.

Aside from targeting organizations, the operatives also exposed personal information on roughly 250 athletes from nearly 30 countries, claiming to be a hacktivist group called the Fancy Bears' Hack Team and publicly misconstruing the information to damage the athletes' reputations.

What was on their computer?

When that failed, a GRU "close access" team was sent from Russian Federation to the Netherlands to try to penetrate their cyber defences from close quarters.

A major part of the indictment details an alleged concerted campaign by the Russians against major global sports organizations in retaliation for the worldwide Olympic Committee's July 2016 decision to exclude Russian atheletes from the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics due to a state-backed coverup of doping.

The British government accused Russia's GRU military intelligence agency of "indiscriminate and reckless cyber attacks targeting political institutions, businesses, media and sport".

It is different to the former KGB (now known as the SVR and FSB) as it conducts undercover military operations and collects intelligence operations around the globe.

Survey results by the independent Levada Centre revealed he had similar ratings at the time of the annexation of Crimea in 2014 when at around that time 51 percent of Russian voters had faith in him. The September charged two Russian nationals over that gas attack, which both Skripal and his daughter survived.

A U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) poster shows photographs of seven men identified as Russian intelligence officers who were indicted in Washington, D.C. October 4, 2018.