On October 4, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it has pressed charges against seven alleged Russian military intelligence officials who are accused of attempting to hack the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and other entities.
“State-sponsored hacking and disinformation campaigns pose serious threats to our security and to our open society, but the Department of Justice is defending against them,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in an official statement released by the Department of Justice.
Washington also accused seven alleged Russian operatives of hacking the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA), Westinghouse nuclear power company, which provides nuclear fuel to Ukraine, and the Spiez Swiss Chemical Laboratory, which was analyzing a toxic substance, which was allegedly used against ex-Russian operative Sergei Skripal, and many other government agencies and institutes.
“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. Their actions extended beyond borders, but so did the FBI’s investigation,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray.
The FBI identified the alleged operatives as Aleksei Sergeyevich Morenets, 41, Evgenii Mikhaylovich, Serebriakov, 37, Ivan Sergeyevich Yermakov, 32, Artem Andreyevich Malyshev, 30, Dmitriy Sergeyevich Badin, 27, Oleg Mikhaylovich Sotnikov, 46, and Alexey Valerevich Minin, 46
“We will work tirelessly to find them, stop them, and bring them to justice,” said warry, while Sessions vowed that the U.S. will do everything it can “to hold these criminals accountable for their crimes.”
However, the Department of Justice stamen has not provided any evidence what so ever to support the long list of accusations against the Russian intelligence and its alleged operatives so far.
Earlier on October 4, the Netherlands Defense Ministry accused 4 alleged Russian GRU agents of attempting to hack the OPCW in April 2018. MORE HERE