Disinfo: Accusing Russia of cyber-attacks is purely Russophobic

Summary

Any accusations of Russia’s involvement [in cyberattacks] are totally unfounded and are most likely a continuation of blind Russophobia, which is resorted to in any incident.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin propaganda narrative about ubiquitous Russophobia and a belligerent agenda against Russia.

There is substantial evidence that cyber-attacks targeting companies and governments between Europe and the US originated from Russia and are also linked to the Russian government. Russian President Vladimir Putin is known to have admitted that ‘patriotic hackers’ might target election campaigns abroad. Below are some examples of Russian cyber-attacks.

Cyberattacks linked to Russian military intelligence have targeted companies researching Covid-19 drugs and vaccines.

Russian meddling in the 2016 US Presidential election was also established by US intelligence agencies, and at least two units within the Russian GRU were accused of targeting both the Joe Biden and Donald Trump campaigns ahead of the 2020 US Presidential election.

The US Department of Justice indicted in 2017 two FSB officials and their Russian cybercriminal conspirators on computer hacking and conspiracy charges.

Dutch law-enforcement agents caught red-handed Russian military intelligence operatives involved in a hacking operation against the OPCW.

The UK has provided convincing evidence of Russian interference in the Brexit referendum.

Germany in 2015 issued an international arrest warrant against Dmitri Badin, a hacker working for the Russian military intelligence service.

Norway's Police Security Service (PST) also said that hackers linked to the GRU took part in attacking its Parliament.

Check out our article regarding GRU-linked cyber attacks, and our analysis: The “Russophobia” Myth: Appealing to the Lowest Feelings.

Read similar cases claiming that accusations about Russian-sponsored hacker attacks aim to discredit Sputnik V, and that Brussels uses Russophobia as a uniting idea to prevent the EU's collapse, or that it is speculation to say that cyberattacks originated in Russia, or that Russia is not and will never be implicated in cybercrimes, or that Russian secret services have never been involved in cyber-attacks.

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  • Reported in: Issue 226
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 21/12/2020
  • Outlet language(s) Arabic
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Norway, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, US, Russia
  • Keywords: GRU, OPCW, Fancy Bear, Cyber, Brexit, Internet, Anti-Russian, Russophobia
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Lithuania is not an independent state and does not have an army

Lithuania wants to host next year’s NATO summit in exchange for loyalty.

Lithuania is planning to grow its defence budget to 2.5 per cent of GDP till 2030 ignoring the consequences of the pandemic. Lithuania also wants to switch to compulsory military service for both men and women.

But people do not need any of these, Lithuania is not going to fight anybody. Maybe if Lithuania was an independent state and had its own army it would be different.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative undermining the sovereignty of Lithuania and presenting it as a puppet of US and/or NATO. See related disinformation claims about the US presence in Europe.

Lithuania re-established its independence from the Soviet Union on March 11, 1990. The process of restoring the Lithuanian military began the same year and in 2004 Lithuania joined the European Union and NATO. The modern Lithuanian military has 4 major defence units: land forces, air forces, navy forces, special forces.

The West is against Sputnik V because of competition

The negative reactions of certain Western countries against the Russian vaccine Sputnik V is a result of the competition that big pharmaceuticals companies cannot withstand from Russia in the fight against coronavirus.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the West and Sputnik V vaccine.

The claim on Western and more specifically EU officials are trying to discredit the Sputnik V vaccine is unfounded and presented without evidence.

Russophobic historical concepts, including so-called holodomor-genocide, have brought Ukraine to a civil war

History teaches that it teaches nothing. Russophobic historical concepts, including so-called famine-genocide, have already brought Ukraine to a civil war that has lasted almost seven years and claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people.

Disproof

Historical revisionism and a recurring pro Kremlin disinformation narrative about Holodomor, claiming that there was no artificially created famine in Ukraine and about the war in Ukraine, presenting the latter as a civil war.

The Holodomor was an artificial famine created with the aim of destroying the Ukrainian peasantry. The Soviet state took away livestock, crops and seeds from the peasants under the guise that the peasants "plundered" state property. The Soviet law on the seizure of food from peasants was adopted in 1932. The punitive document is known as the "Five Spikelet Law". Everyone who gathered several ears of wheat on the collective farm field was a culprit in the "theft of state property". If the law was not enforced, people were shot, including children. Convicts were not subject to amnesty. The famine of 1932-1933 claimed the lives of 7 to 10 million citizens of the Soviet Union; the disaster affected not only Ukraine but also parts of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Russia.