Russian Hackers, Again: Netherlands Expelled 4 Russians For Cyber Attacks On OSHS

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The Netherlands announced that it had expelled four Russians in April for attempting cyber attacks on the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OSHS).

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The Netherlands’ defense and intelligence services, in conjunction with British partners, disrupted a cyberattack operation by Russian military intelligence agents in April targeting the United Nations’ chemical weapons watchdog agency, the Dutch defense chief announced on Thursday.

Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld-Schouten made the announcement alongside Britain’s ambassador to the Netherlands, saying the alleged operation to attack the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was disrupted on April 13.

At the conference, the head of the Netherlands’ military intelligence agency identified four men as the Russian agents behind the alleged GRU operation and said they were expelled from the Netherlands immediately when the plot was thwarted in April.

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Source: MINISTERIE VAN DEFENSIE

According to Bijleveld, the Russians set up a car full of electronic equipment in the car park of a hotel next to the Organisation for the Prohibition for Chemical Weapons in The Hague in a bid to hack its computer system.

Dutch Major General Onno Eichelsheim showed images of a rental vehicle that was discovered parked near the OPCW headquarters in The Hague, full of computer equipment and transformers used in the alleged plot.

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Source: MINISTERIE VAN DEFENSIE

He said the Russian agents arrived in the Netherlands three days before the plot was disrupted on April 13.

In Moscow, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued what has now become a familiar denial of all allegations. Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called the latest charges against Russia “big fantasies.”

This comes as Britain accused Kremlin spies of directing a host of cyber attacks aimed at undermining Western democracies by sowing confusion in everything from sport to transport and the 2016 US presidential election.

Britain’s Defence Minister Gavin Williamson said Moscow’s “reckless and indiscriminate” attacks left it isolated in the international community.

“This is not the actions of a great power, this is the actions of a pariah state and we’ll continue working with allies to isolate, make them understand they cannot continue to conduct themselves in such a way,” Williamson told reporters in Brussels.


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