Western governments on October 4 unleashed a torrent of accusations against Russia saying its intelligence agency was responsible for cyberattacks on inquiries into Olympic doping, a former spy’s poisoning, and the downing of a commercial aircraft in 2014.
The US Justice Department indicted seven Russian intelligence officers on charges of hacking anti-doping agencies and other organizations.
Earlier in the day, Dutch authorities accused four Russians, who they said belonged to Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, of attempting to hack into the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The OPCW is investigating the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury in March as well as chemical weapons attacks in Syria. British officials have accused Russia of using the nerve agent Novichok to poison the Skripals. The website Bellingcat revealed that one of the two suspects in the poisoning is a Russian military officer who was honored by Russian President Vladimir Putin.Read more