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.
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