Justice Dept. announces charges against 7 Russian operatives for cyber attacks

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However in Washington, the US Department of Justice said it had indicted seven suspected GRU officers for "malicious cyber activities" against the US and its allies - including some of those named in connection with the OPCW attack.

They've been charged with offences including computer hacking, wire fraud, identity theft and money laundering.

"The Government of Canada assesses with high confidence that the Russian military's intelligence arm, the GRU, was responsible for this incident". "These defendants must be held accountable for their crimes".

The United States has sanctioned GRU officers for attempting to interfere in the 2016 US election and other cyber attacks.

Geert-Jan Knoops, a lawyer and law professor, told NOS Radio 1 Journaal that he believes this is the reason why four men claimed to be Russian spies engaging in an attempt to hack into the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were not arrested.

The Department of Justice on Thursday announced the indictment of seven Russian military spies on cyberhacking charges.

Demers declined to comment on whether there are additional hacking concerns with the upcoming USA mid-term elections. They are accused of sophisticated cyberintrusions and the victims were anti-doping agencies and officials, sporting federations, and almost 250 athletes. Even more humiliating, they were detained together with all of their equipment - mobile phones, computers, etc - which, now that it has been thoroughly examined by Dutch and British intelligence officials, has revealed fascinating details of other GRU espionage operations, including the Dutch-led investigation into the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 with the loss of 298 lives. The United States had already linked the Russians to the 2016 hacking of the Democratic Party, in which emails and chats were posted online.

No other countries had raised the issue, Rutte added.

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Last week, Bellingcat identified one of the two individuals said to be responsible for the United Kingdom poisoning of Sergey and Yulia Skripal and the death of Dawn Sturgess as Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga of the GRU.

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".

Key attacks occurred in Rio de Janeiro and in Lausanne, Switzerland, according to the DOJ's press release.

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In the past week, the Fancy Bear group has been implicated as being responsible for a series of attacks on government entities using the 'LoJax' malware, a new strain that exploits the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) on modern computers and is nearly impossible to remove. Britain blames the secretive military intelligence unit for the nerve agent attack in March on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in the English city of Salisbury. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday Skripal betrayed his country.

Speaking about Russia's hacking attempts into the MH17 crash investigation, she said: "We have been aware of the interest of Russian intelligence services in this investigation and have taken appropriate measures". That report singled him out as a highly decorated Russian intelligence colonel.

Russian Federation has declined to comment on the GRU's involvement and denied Hunt's accusations.

The US has made similar accusations against Russian Federation for conducting cyber attacks. The fronts include Cyber Kerkut, BlackEnergy Actors, STRONTIUM and Sandworm.

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