Dutch intelligence agencies foiled a cyber attack by the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces (GRU) against the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in April, the Dutch Defense Ministry said Thursday.
According to a notice issued by the Dutch Ministry of Defence, on April 13 this year, four agents from the General Intelligence Office of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces entered the Netherlands with diplomatic passports and then parked their vehicles in the parking lot of a hotel near the OPCW headquarters in The Hague in an attempt to "intrude" into the country by erecting specialized equipment on the vehicles. The organization's wireless network.
The announcement said that, with the assistance of the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Administration and British intelligence agencies, the Dutch military intelligence and security "preemptive", on the spot frustrated the Russian operation and deported four agents.
The official website of the Dutch Ministry of Defense published pictures of four agents who appeared at Amsterdam's Skip Airport. In the announcement, it was further investigated that one of the agents was found to be "active" in Malaysia and was suspected of launching a cyber attack on the air crash investigation of Air Malaysia Flight MH17.
In March, Scripal, a former agent of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff Intelligence Agency, and his daughter were attacked by a nerve agent in Salisbury, England. Britain later claimed that Scripal's father and daughter were attacked by the military neurotoxin Novichok, targeting Russia, which had developed the agent earlier.
Because Russia firmly denied that the "battlefield" of both sides quickly moved to the CWC. In early April this year, Russia and Britain were in court with the OPCW; on April 12, the day before the Netherlands claimed to have foiled the cyber attacks of Russian intelligence agencies, the OPCW issued an investigation confirming that Scripal's father and daughter were attacked by Novichok, but the source of the poison was unknown.
After the Dutch Ministry of Defense reported the case on the 4th, President Tusk of the European Council, President Juncker of the European Commission and NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg issued statements condemning "Russia launched a cyber attack". Russian satellite news agency quoted Russian Foreign Ministry sources as saying that Russia has access to all the information of the OPCW normal channels, there is no need to "steal" information, the Dutch accusation of Russia is "foolish move".
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