UN chemical weapons watchdog, MH17: West blames Russia for wave of cyberattacks


Four attacks targeting the World Anti-Doping agency, Ukrainian transport systems, the 2016 U.S. presidential race and others are associated with Russia’s military intelligence unit (GRU) as well as earlier cyberattacks, Britain’s National Cyber Security Center said on Thursday.

“Where Russia acts in an indiscriminate and reckless way, where they have done in terms of these cyberattacks, we will be exposing them,” the Associated Press quotes Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson.

“This is not the actions of a great power. This is the actions of a pariah state,” he added.

In turn, Russia’s foreign ministry called the new accusations ‘big fantasies’.

Moreover, Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld has revealed today that the GRU’s hacking attempts on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which took place in April, were disrupted by authorities. Four Russian intelligence officers were immediately expelled from the Netherlands, she said. Their names are Aleksei Morenets, Evgenii Serebriakov, Oleg Sotnikov, Alexei Minin, Conflict News said on Twitter.

The minister also stressed Russia made a number of hacking attempts into the MH17 crash investigation.

Belsat.eu, via Associated Press

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