Russian military group behind wave of global cyberattacks: UK

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The BBC report also said countries worldwide including the USA, the UK, Canada, and the Netherlands suspect that Moscow coordinated various espionage attacks that span election hacking, disrupting anti-doping probes, and an attack on an American nuclear power firm.

Among the charges the spies are facing: aggravated identity theft, and wire fraud. Other targets include Westinghouse Electric Corp., a nuclear power company, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and a Swiss lab.

"We want the hundreds of victims of these Russian hackers to know that we will do everything we can to hold these criminals accountable for their crimes", said U.S. Attorney Scott Brady.

The robust Western government response to Russian hacking and interference could trigger a shake up in the way Moscow organises its spying, a top cyber researcher says.

Yermakov, Malyshev, and Badin were among the 12 GRU officers indicted in July this year by Mueller, over alleged interference in the U.S. polls of 2016.

Demers declined to comment on whether there are additional hacking concerns with the upcoming US mid-term elections.

Several countries gave detailed information of how Russia's GRU military intelligence agency has allegedly been trying to disrupt global organisations.

"The GRUs actions are reckless and indiscriminate: they try to undermine and interfere in elections in other countries", said British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

"The International Community - including Russian Federation - has agreed that international law and norms of responsible state behavior apply in cyberspace", Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

The head of the Netherlands' Defense Intelligence and Security Service, Maj.

They used illegal crypto currency such as Bitcoin to "further their conspiracies", Demers said.

"The defendants believed they could use their anonymity to act with impunity in their own countries and on the territories of other sovereign nations to undermine worldwide institutions and to distract from their government's own wrongdoing", Demers said.

British sources said a third strike, on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), resulted in the release of the medical files of global sports stars in August 2017, including tennis's Serena and Venus Williams and Britain's Tour de France winning cyclists Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins.

Russian Federation denied what its Foreign Ministry spokeswoman called a "diabolical perfume cocktail" of allegations dreamt up by someone with a "rich imagination". Maybe a Nina Ricci bottle. Given the high confidence assessment and the broader context, the United Kingdom government has made the judgement that the Russian government - the Kremlin - was responsible.

Relations between Russia and the United Kingdom seriously deteriorated after Britain accused the Kremlin of poisoning former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March of this year.

The charges were announced by the U.S. Justice Department Thursday morning, at a press conference attended by RCMP Cybercrime Director Mark Flynn.

The indictment said that the Russian agents targeted global anti-doping monitors in the wake of revelations that Russia had engaged in a state-backed doping effort to help its athletes during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. That report singled him out as a highly decorated Russian intelligence colonel.

"The attempt to compromise the networks of the OPCW is consistent with Russia's broader attacks on the independence and professionalism of the personnel of the OPCW".

AUSTRALIA must be increasingly vigilant about cyber attacks following reports Russian Federation hacked the investigation into the downing of MH17.

Britain said the GRU was associated with a host of hackers including APT 28, Fancy Bear, Sofacy, Pawnstorm, Sednit, CyberCaliphate, Cyber Berkut, Voodoo Bear and BlackEnergy Actors.