- US charges 7 Russian spies with crimes including hacking, identity theft and fraud using crypto-currencies
- British cyber security group accuses Russia’s GRU of at least four hacking attacks around the world
- Dutch authorities lift lid on operation to hack chemical weapons HQ in Netherlands in April
- Men were picked up with a cache of computer equipment, linking them to other incidents, and sent home
- US has released wanted poster featuring four Hague hackers and three others linked to anti-doping hacks
- Russia faces storm of hacking allegations, but denies claims, calling latest evidence ‘big fantasies’
Britain, America and the Netherlands today launched a carefully coordinated fightback against Putin’s army of hackers as the scale of Russia’s global cyber warfare machine was laid bare.
First, the UK accused Russia’s GRU intelligence agency of being behind hacks on the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), transport systems in Ukraine and democratic elections, such as the 2016 US presidential race.
Then, Dutch authorities revealed they had caught a team of Kremlin agents rigging up computers, phones and an antenna in the boot of a car to try and hack into the global chemical weapons watchdog in The Hague.
This afternoon, the US Justice Department announced it has charged seven Russian military intelligence officers with hacking anti-doping agencies and other organizations.
The suspects, including the four members of the group caught in The Hague, are accused of hacking the records of 250 athletes from 30 countries as well as the computers of officials working in anti-doping organisation, for FIFA and staff at a US nuclear facility supplying power to Ukraine.
The Kremlin was left trying to hold back a growing flood of evidence of its hacking activities around the world, spread over four years.