Russian spies hacked officials to protect doping athletes, United States charges

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The UK, US and the Netherlands have accused Russian Federation of being responsible for a spate of global cyber attacks, with seven people being incited by the US.

"We've got to be increasingly vigilant in relation to cyber attacks from any source, in particular in the context of the investigations in relation to the downing of MH17", Senator Cormann told Sky News on Friday.

All 298 passengers and crew - most of whom were Dutch - were killed when the jet crashed in an area held by Russia-backed separatists.

Speaking with reporters in the House of Commons foyer on Thursday, foreign affairs parliamentary secretary said additional sanctions on Russian Federation are possible, and could be announced in a matter of days.

Earlier, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne issued a joint statement that Australian intelligence agencies agreed that GRU "is responsible for this pattern of malicious cyber activity".

The four agents, who were caught when their attempt to intercept the logins of OPCW staff triggered an alarm, were unceremoniously deported back to Moscow, where they are unlikely ever again to be trusted with a sensitive mission now that their cover has been well and truly blown.

"That's how you make the world safer - when we act together to call out this sort of behaviour".

In the past week, the Fancy Bear group has been implicated as being responsible for a series of attacks on government entities using the 'LoJax' malware, a new strain that exploits the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) on modern computers and is nearly impossible to remove.

Dutch security services have kicked out four Russians planning to hack the OPCW.

GRU officers also allegedly planned to hack into the networks of a Swiss laboratory analyzing the deadly nerve agent, Novichok, used in an assassination attempt in the United Kingdom earlier this year.

While the latest case did not arise from US Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling, it overlaps with it.

Though less well known than the Soviet Union's once mighty KGB, Russia's military intelligence service played a major role in some of the biggest events of the past century, from the Cuban missile crisis to the annexation of Crimea.

They were also said to have sent "spear phishing" emails to the headquarters of the OPCW - which was helping the United Kingdom authorities to identify the deadly nerve agent used in the attack - in an attempt to compromise its computers.

"They were trying to commit a close access hack operation", he said.

The Dutch government said the Russians were later found with a auto full of electronic equipment in the vehicle park of a hotel close to the OPCW building.

In the Dutch case, the Russians allegedly set up a vehicle full of electronic equipment in the auto park of a Marriott hotel next to the OPCW and tried to hack its wifi system and computer passwords.

He said one of their mobile phones was found to have been activated near the GRU building in Moscow, while another carried a receipt for a taxi journey from a street near the GRU to the airport.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the disclosures were "hard evidence" of the activities of the "unacceptable" activities of the GRU, which Britain has previously blamed for the Salisbury attack. But the Dutch government was exposing the officers, she said, "since this will hamper any further attempts at global operations".

They were instead "put on a flight to Moscow", said Bijleveld.

Oleg Sotnikov and Alexei Minin were also named, and officials said they were support agents.

Nato Secretary general Jens Stoltenberg also added that the alliance stood "in solidarity" with the decision by the Dutch and British governments to "call out" Russian Federation for its actions.

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