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Netherlands accuse Russia of cyber-attack at OPCW

GRU officers were trying to get the information from the international investigation of the MH17 tragedy
14:59, 4 October 2018

Netherlands Defence Ministry

The Netherlands announced the prevention of Russia’s cyber attack at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and accused Russian Main Intelligence Directorate officers (GRU) of trying to get the information from the international investigation of the MH17 tragedy. Ank Bijleveld, the Defence Minister of the country, claimed it at the press conference in the Hague, the website of the ministry reports.

The photos of the suspected Russian was shown at the press conference. The names were also mentioned: Alexey Morenets, Yevgeniy Serebryakov, Oleg Sotnikov, and Alexey Minin.

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The attempt to carry out a cyber attack at OPCW took place on April 13. On the same day, four Russians, GRU officers, were expelled from the country with the diplomatic passports.

The suspects tried to access the wireless network of OPCW headquarters. The hackers’ operation was conducted in a close proximity to the object.

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The officers of the Russian GRU tried to get the information from the international investigation of the MH17 tragedy.

“We had previously informed the Dutch House of Representatives of the Russian Federation’s interest in the MH17 investigation. As we stated earlier, manipulation and influencing are among the potential threats to the MH17 investigation. All of the organizations involved in the criminal investigation into the MH17 crash are aware of the digital threats that they face and have taken appropriate measures to address these threats,” Bijleveld stated.

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A laptop of one of the suspects, which was used in Malaysia, was seized to get an illegal access to the files about MH17 tragedy.

Earlier, the Netherlands and Australia have officially blamed Russia for MH17 tragedy. In particular, after the investigators from the Netherlands found other proves that Russian Buk missile system shot down MH17 flight plane, determining a set of unique features of this particular system.

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