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Russian intelligence officers charged for hacking anti-doping organisations

06 October 2018, 04:26 | Erica Roy

Image Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt accuses Russia's GRU of 'reckless and indiscriminate acts'

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt arrives in Downing Street

Data from the laptop showed it was also present in the Swiss city of Lausanne where it was linked to the hacking of a laptop belonging to the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), which has exposed doping by Russian athletes.

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.

The BBC report also said countries worldwide including the U.S., the UK, Canada, and the Netherlands suspect that Moscow coordinated various espionage attacks that span election hacking, disrupting anti-doping probes, and an attack on an American nuclear power firm.

British and Dutch officials have accused the Russian intelligence agency GRU of being behind cyberattacks on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the investigation into a Malaysian airplane that was shot down over Ukraine.

The team of four GRU officers travelling on official Russian passports entered the Netherlands on April 10 under the codename AP28.

LONDON-The British government has accused Russian military intelligence of being behind four cyber attacks aimed at spreading confusion and disinformation.

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 US is especially concerned about hackers interfering with November's midterm elections.

British authorities believe that two GRU agents were behind the nerve-agent attack in Salisbury, in which they tried to kill former double-agent Sergei Skripal.

"It was an investigation in the framework of the law by the intelligence and security services".

In scenes reminiscent of a Cold War spy novel, Dutch security services said they had expelled four Russian GRU agents in April after they attempted a cyber-attack on the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, from a vehicle parked in a nearby hotel.

Moscow has angrily dismissed the allegations - saying they were part of the West's "spy mania".

Russian Federation plotted a cyber-attack on the global chemical weapons watchdog but it was foiled by the Dutch security services, officials say.

A statement from Global Affairs Canada said the latest incidents are part of a malicious pattern of behaviour that includes Russia's 2016 attack on the Canadian headquarters of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

And in a chilling note, one of the officers, Wilson added, had "also conducted malign activity in Malaysia", in an operation that targeted the inquiry into Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, the airliner that crashed in eastern Ukraine after being hit by a missile.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has continually denied that Russia was involved in the attempted assassinations of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

As the United Kingdom ambassador to The Hague, Peter Wilson, said, the GRU operates in the shadows so the West must do more to shine a light on their activities.

He said the Russians in the Netherlands had multiple telephones, took hotel room rubbish - including empty cans of Heineken and Aldi orange juice - with them and had $20,000 and €20,000 in cash. A leading developer of nuclear power plants, Westinghouse said it has no evidence that Russia's hacking attempts were successful.

Britain says the nerve agent was Novichok, produced in the Soviet Union, a finding later confirmed by the chemical weapons watchdog.

The government alleges that Aleksei Sergeyevich Morenets, Evgenii Mikhaylovich Serebriakov, Ivan Sergeyevich Yermakov, Artem Andreveyich Malyshev, Dmitriy Sergeyevich Badin, Oleg Mikhaylovich Sotnikov and Alexey Valerevich Minin are members of the Russian intelligence agency and hacked into computer networks used by anti-doping and sporting officials, as well as groups investigating Russia's alleged use of chemical weapons.

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