The European Union imposed sanctions against Russia for cyber attacks

July 30, imposed personal sanctions against four Russian citizens implicated in cyber attacks directed against the interests of the European Union. About it it is spoken in the message in the official journal of the EU.

Alexey Minin, Alexey Morenets, Evgeny Serebryakov and Oleg Sotnikov , a suspect in the attempted hacking of a computer network of the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW) , using virus-ransomware WannaCry, NotPetya and cybercanine Operation Cloud Hopper.

Also, as follows from the document, imposed sanctions on the Main center of special technologies of the Main Directorate of the General staff of the Russian armed forces (former GRU). This structure is behind the spread of viruses NotPetya or EternalPetya in June 2017, and also behind the cyber-attack on the Ukrainian electric network in the winter of 2015-2016, according to the European Union.

The authorities of the Netherlands on 4 October 2018 announced that the country had been expelled four Russians who, according to local officials, planned to commit a cyber attack on the OPCW. The suspects Morenets, Serebryakov, Igor Minin worked for the Russian General staff, said the Ministry of defence of the Netherlands. On the same day was published evidence of espionage sent to the Russians.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that nothing secret trip, accused of espionage by Russian specialists to Europe was not.

The U.S. justice Department announced that the target of attacks of GRU staff was also:

  • World anti-doping Agency;
  • Anti-doping Agency of the United States;
  • Canadian centre for sports ethics;
  • The international Association of athletics federations;
  • Court of arbitration for sport;
  • The international football Federation;
  • the American company Westinghouse Electric Company.

In addition Morenza, Minin, Serebryakov and Sotnikov, in the United States charged with three more Russians.

With the help of the virus-the extortioner NotPetya in 2017, the hackers are likely associated with Russia, paralyzed computer networks at banks, media, trade organizations, postal services, public institutions in different countries.

Ukrainian company “Prykarpattyaoblenergo” 23 Dec 2015 reported power outage in Ivano-Frankivsk and parts of the region. The cause of the accident was called the interference of third parties in the operation of the robot. The problem has been eliminated on the same day. Later it became known that the cyber attack was biggerthan was known initially. Malicious software has been detected at least from the two companies, in addition to the “Prykarpattyaoblenergo”, whose grid it managed to bring down. The security service of Ukraine has accused the Russian special services.

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