WADA targeted by Russian military intelligence service GRU, says United Kingdom government

05 October, 2018, 23:13 | Author: Myra Gill
  • WADA recently reinstated Russia's Anti Doping Agency RUSADA

Russia's military spy service has been behind a wave of massive cyber attacks in the recent years, with targets ranging from the global chemical weapons watchdog group to the probe into the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine, officials said Thursday.

The operation by Russia's GRU military intelligence allegedly targeted the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague in April. The Olympics hacking campaign targeted 250 athletes from 30 countries, along with U.S. and global anti-doping agencies.

The operatives hacked worldwide organizations, US persons, and USA entities, primarily those involved with exposing the Russian state-sponsored athlete doping program in 2014-a reveal which led a number of Russian athletes to be banned from the Olympics and stripped dozens more of their medals.

The indictment says the hacking was often conducted remotely.

Dutch authorities said they had disrupted the attempt to hack into the Hague-based OPCW in April, a time when the watchdog was looking into both the attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain and chemical strikes in Syria the West has blamed on Russia's ally President Bashar al-Assad.

The team of four GRU officers travelling on official Russian passports entered the Netherlands on April 10 under the codename AP28. "But it seems today that what we're seeing is a coordinated campaign against Russian Federation specifically because the activities that Russian Federation has been engaging in go far beyond what in normal intelligence circles would be regarded as acceptable".

TRT World spoke to Lucy Taylor in Moscow for more details. At the time, the watchdog was probing the poison used to attack ex-spy Sergei Skripal in United Kingdom and chemical weapons that the West says were used in Syria by Russia's ally President Bashar al-Assad.

The GRU's reckless operations stretch from destructive cyber activity to the use of illegal nerve agents, as we saw in Salisbury.

At the same time, Australian and British spies have now endorsed the American intelligence community's reported attribution of the catastrophic June 2017 cyberattack on Ukraine to the GRU.


The EU has also denounced the alleged cyber-plots.

European Union officials said in a statement Russia's "aggressive act demonstrated contempt for the solemn purpose" of the OPCW.

Moscow has issued the latest in a series of denials, but the allegations leveled by Western intelligence agencies, supported by a wealth of surveillance footage and overwhelmingly confirmed by independent reporting, paint a picture of the GRU as an agency that routinely crosses red lines - and is increasingly being caught red-handed.

"In light of the West's heavily hyped-up paranoia around "omnipotent Russian cyber spies" in recent years, who Western politicians say live in "backward Russia" - any citizen of our country with a mobile device is perceived as a spy".

The Dutch said the laptop of another agent, Evgenii Serebriakov, showed he had been active in Malaysia targeting a probe into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 which killed 298 people.

He said Russia's actions against the Netherlands-based OPCW came as the agency was conducting an independent analysis of the nerve agent used against the Skripals.

"The actions of these seven hackers, all working as officials for the Russian government, were criminal, retaliatory, and damaging to innocent victims and the United States' economy, as well as to world organizations", said said Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray.

NATO's chief vowed on Thursday to strengthen the alliance's defences against attacks on computer networks that Britain said are directed by Russian military intelligence, also calling on Russia to stop its "reckless" behaviour.

Recommended:

  • DOJ Indicts 7 Russian Intelligence Officers in International Hacking Scheme

    DOJ Indicts 7 Russian Intelligence Officers in International Hacking Scheme

    But Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the new accusations on Thursday, calling them "big fantasies". On April 13 they parked a vehicle carrying specialist hacking equipment outside the headquarters of the OPCW in the The Hague.
    James Bond carmaker Aston Martin stalls in glitzy £4.3b London IPO

    James Bond carmaker Aston Martin stalls in glitzy £4.3b London IPO

    The British supercar maker is now owned by Italian and Kuwaiti shareholders, alongside other minority investors. In August, the business reported half-year profits of £42m while revenues rose 8pc to £445m.
    Brett Kavanaugh attacks backfiring on Democrats, Trump says

    Brett Kavanaugh attacks backfiring on Democrats, Trump says

    City officials estimated there were 3,000 to 4,000 people still in line when Trump took the stage just after 6:30 p.m. He will hold rallies in Topeka, Kansas Saturday and in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Erie, Pennsylvania next week.
  • Conor McGregor Calls For Sensational Match-Up Against Anderson Silva

    Conor McGregor Calls For Sensational Match-Up Against Anderson Silva

    McGregor recently signed a new six-fight deal with the UFC and he is already thinking ahead to what comes next after Nurmagomedov. With that said, the undefeated Russian sent a warning to the Irishman that he plans on changing his face at UFC 229 .
    Treasurers set to ditch GST on tampons

    Treasurers set to ditch GST on tampons

    In 2015, a petition against the tax was signed by more than 90,000 people. "We think that this is an unfair tax ". Scott Morrison has his first visit to Perth as Prime Minister to promotes his GST legislation. .
    Tesla's Musk appears to mock SEC on Twitter after settlement

    Tesla's Musk appears to mock SEC on Twitter after settlement

    Tesla shares declined by more than 2 per cent to $274.50 in extended trading after Musk's tweet . The company also accepted a $20 million fine, despite not being charged with fraud .
  • Canada and USA  reach free trade deal with Mexico

    Canada and USA reach free trade deal with Mexico

    Trump acknowledged the relationship did get "a little bit testy" but that the trade deal has smoothed over their differences. He said the new deal was "much more reciprocal" than Nafta, which he described as "perhaps the worst trade deal ever made ".
    Nobel Prize for chemistry awarded to American, British researchers

    Nobel Prize for chemistry awarded to American, British researchers

    The genes are then inserted into bacteria, which then act as the manufacturing machines and produce randomly mutated enzymes. Some other winners of the Nobel in Chemistry have also been nominated for Physics as well as Physiology or Medicine.
    Butler doesn't plan to miss regular season games if not traded

    Butler doesn't plan to miss regular season games if not traded

    However, proposed changes from Minnesota created a "breakdown" in negotiations, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times . In fact, it appears Miami may be the only team Minnesota is negotiating with, as they're focused on completing a deal.
  • Hugging It Out To Combat Conflict

    Hugging It Out To Combat Conflict

    For the study , published in the journal PLOS ONE , researchers interviewed more than 400 adults every night for two weeks. It's also pretty reassuring the person you're sharing a hug with doesn't hate you.
    ISS astronauts return to earth among US-Russia tensions

    ISS astronauts return to earth among US-Russia tensions

    Powers said that, while intentional damage remains one of numerous possibilities still under review, "we're not expecting it was a bad actor. we don't think that's the most likely conclusion".
    And CAPTAIN AMERICA: CHRIS EVANS Says Goodbye to AVENGERS 4

    And CAPTAIN AMERICA: CHRIS EVANS Says Goodbye to AVENGERS 4

    Evans previously said he had "no plans" to return to the role, but was sly about the possibility of future plans being made. In 2011, Evans played Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger as his first debut in the Marvel Universe.


Popular

Chelsea Peretti Leaving Brooklyn Nine-NIne
Peretti has been on the beloved sitcom since day one, playing apathetic office assistant and general shot-caller Gina Linetti . He said in his own statement that he and Mike Schur eyed Peretti for her role as Gina from the very beginning.

Floyd Mayweather offers Conor McGregor training assistance ahead of UFC 229 return
Floyd Mayweather has offered to help Conor McGregor prepare for his upcoming fight against UFC 229 opponent Khabib Nurmagomedov . First, Mayweather is 11 years McGregor's senior at 41 and secondly, he came into Money's world and got the fade handed to him.

MI man's doorstop rock turns out to be a $100k meteorite
He asked the then-homeowner about it who told him it was a meteorite which the farmer had discovered on the property in the 1930s. Now the Smithsonian museum is considering buying the space rock, and it could fetch as much as $100,000, the release says.

Kim Kardashian apologizes after she was accused of glorifying anorexia
She added, "You can go to the gym, drink your water, and take your vitamins". Like, don't you see me working out like every single day?

China says USMCA deal will prevent Canada from free trade with Beijing
Google declined to comment, except to reiterate that its China search engine project is "exploratory" and not close to launching. As proof, Trump later referenced a paid advertising insert in The Des Moines Register by Chinese government-affiliated entities.

Pompeo to meet Kim Jong Un in fresh visit
Ironically, such a settlement can succeed only if the Trump administration's North Korea policy keeps failing. -North Korea relations, "especially if it were to go badly".

First lady Melania Trump brings "Be Best" campaign to Malawi school
At the front of the room, the first lady sat next to a student called Miliam and helped her find the correct page in her textbook. As Kenya prepares to receive the US First Lady on Thursday, October 4, Trump noted it was handsome to watch her while in Africa.

Here’s how much fast food Americans are eating
Roughly 35 percent of Hispanic consumers and 31 percent of Asian-American consumers said they had eaten fast food the prior day. Black men were the most avid consumers of fast food - nearly 42 percent had eaten the fare over the past day, the report found.

Voice app puts disabled phone users in charge
Once installed, the feature can be turned on by going into Settings Accessibility and turning on the Voice Access switch. The service is now available only in English, but Google promises “additional language support coming in the future”.

John Paul Stevens says Kavanaugh shouldn't be on Supreme Court
But everything changed after his Judiciary Committee testimony . (Stevens dissented in Bush v. The incident allegedly took place when they were both in high school.