Alleged operations by the Russian GRU in recent years

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AIA, the Netherlands – In a series of coordinated announcements, the authorities of the United States, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Australia blamed the Russian military intelligence agency on Thursday as a GRU of a vast array of cyber attacks worldwide.

The incredible revelations included details on the Russian attempts to target everything from global chemical weapons control to anti-doping agencies and a Malaysian Airlines flying probe 17. A US indictment accused seven GRU officials Thursday.

A closer look at what Russia is accused of:

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2014: CRASH INVESTIGATION INVESTIGATION

The UK authorities argue that a GRU operation conducted "malicious activities" when it sought to gather information on the 2014 Malaysia Airlines Flight Investigation Investigation of war-torn eastern Ukraine targeting Malaysian government institutions, including the Attorney General's office and the Malaysian police.

Dutch officials added that the GRU agents had connected to Wi-Fi networks near a Malaysian hotel where investigators had gathered.

Most of the 298 people killed on board the MH17 were Dutch citizens, and investigators say they have clear evidence that the Buk rocket missile was from Russia, an accusation that Russia denies.

Dutch Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld said: "We have been aware of the interest of Russian intelligence services in this investigation and have taken appropriate measures".

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2016: US ELECTIONS AND OLYMPICS

According to US investigators, the agents of the GRU Unit 26165 broke into the e-mails of the National Democratic Committee, triggering chaos during the 2016 US presidential election.

The authorities also accuse the GRU of prolonged efforts to run into global and national anti-doping agencies in locations including Switzerland and Brazil, as well as international sports governing bodies including the International Olympic Committee and FIFA. The athletes' medical data were released after an attack.

The evidence suggests that GRU agents were logged into Wi-Fi networks near Lausanne, Switzerland, where a World Anti-Doping Agency conference was held in September 2016. An official from the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sports suffered a laptop compromised by malware.

The Russian hackers would also hack the site of the Court of Sports Arbitration, the highest court in world sports, during the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The court had examined doping cases involving Russian athletes.

According to a US indictment on Thursday, the GRU targeted the victims of hacking because they publicly supported the ban on Russian athletes in international sporting competitions and because they condemned Russia's sponsored doping program for athletes. .

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2017: UKRAINE INFRASTRUCTURE

The GRU is accused of a catastrophic attack in June 2017 in Ukraine using malicious software that has briefly thrown out ATMs, gas stations, pharmacies and hospitals. According to a secret White House assessment recently cited by Wired, the attack caused $ 10 billion in damages worldwide.

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2018: SPY POISONING

The British authorities claim that in March 2018, immediately after the nerve attack of the Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, the GRU tried to hack the IT systems of the Foreign Office through an attack. of phishing.

In April, four GRU agents allegedly flew from Moscow to the Netherlands and attempted to hack and infect the Wi-Fi network of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in what is known as an operation of close access hack. The Dutch authorities showed pictures of one of a chartered gray Citroen with its trunk full of hacking equipment. The men were captured and expelled from the Netherlands.

In May, the GRU hackers would send phishing emails and impersonate the Swiss federal authorities to address OPCW employees directly.

The chemical weapons watchdog had confirmed that Skripal had been poisoned by the Soviet-made nervous agent known as Novichok. Britain claims that the attack was carried out by GRU officers and almost certainly approved "at the senior level of the Russian state".

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