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February-April 2019

Detail of Dutch reaction to Russian cyber attack made public deliberately

Four Russians attempted to break into the networks of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, while it was conducting investigations on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, as well as the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. Dutch authorities have revealed significant details on the attempted hack, which was was supposed to take place in April before being thwarted by the Dutch military intelligence agency (MIVD), after cooperation with intelligence agencies in the UK and the US. Dutch military intelligence chief Onno Eichelsheim said it is difficult to say what the reason for targeting the OPCW specifically was. “Looking at the technical evidence, it’s impossible to be sure,” he said. But, he said, it did occur at the same time as the investigations into the Skripal case in the UK and the chemical attack in Douma, Syria. Striking openness The level of openness from the MIVD about the operation is striking. During a press conference, the intelligence service named the four suspects and revealed ...

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