U.S. indicts seven Russian spies in ‘doping scandal hack’

U.S. indicts seven Russian spies in ‘doping scandal hack’

U.S. indicts seven Russian spies in ‘doping scandal hack’

Four of the names in the indictment match those given by Dutch authorities in connection with an alleged GRU cyberoperation against the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an global chemical weapons watchdog organization based in the Netherlands.

Canada and it allies accused Russia's secret military intelligence unit, the GRU, of a brazen attempt to hack the Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in April.

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

The minister in charge of Canada's cyber agencies says he is "very concerned" about the "untoward" cyberattacks that Russian intelligence officers have been charged with, following a multi-jurisdictional investigation into "malicious" activity that targeted Canadian-based doping agencies and an global chemical weapon organization.

In a post on Thursday, Bellingcat said that in the process of confirming the identities of the agents revealed by Dutch and British authorities, it found the name of one of the officers, Aleksei Morenets, in a Russian automobile registration database from 2011.

TRT World spoke to Lucy Taylor in Moscow for more details. It also ties together a series of norm-shattering spy operations that have straddled the physical world and the digital sphere.

The UK government accused the GRU of being behind four high-profile cyber-attacks, whose targets included firms in Russian Federation and Ukraine; the US Democratic Party; and a small TV network in the UK.

Zakharova's words mocked British authorities who said GRU agents smuggled novichok into Britain in a perfume bottle and poisoned former spy Sergei Skripal and his adult daughter in March.

MH17 was shot down on July 17, 2014, while flying over eastern Ukraine as it was heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

The Russians were tracked from their arrival in Amsterdam on diplomatic passports in April, and then seen hiring a Citroen vehicle which they parked outside the Marriott hotel next to the OPCW.


The lawyer for Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov has released a scathing statement following the indictment of seven Russian military intelligence (GRU) officers in the United States, claiming the country has launched a "full-scale invasion" of Western countries using computers.

At this point the Dutch counter-terrorism officers intervened to disrupt the operation and the four GRU officers were ordered to leave the country. A leading developer of nuclear power plants, Westinghouse said it has no evidence that Russia's hacking attempts were successful.

News of the Dutch operation came a day after Britain and Australia blamed the GRU for some of the biggest cyber attacks of recent years - including one on the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 USA presidential campaign.

Today, the United Kingdom and its allies can expose a campaign by the GRU, the Russian military intelligence service, of indiscriminate and reckless cyber attacks targeting political institutions, businesses, media and sport.

He said Russia's actions against the Netherlands-based OPCW came as the agency was conducting an independent analysis of the nerve agent used against the Skripals.

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

It also cited attacks on the World Anti-Doping Agency, Ukrainian transport systems and the 2016 USA presidential race.

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre has identified cyber-attacks against WADA, which recently reinstated Russia's anti-doping body RUSADA to widespread criticism.

Asked about accusations from the Foreign Office of Russia being involved in worldwide cyber attacks, a spokesman for the Russian embassy said: "This statement is reckless".

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