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Britain: Russian Military Intelligence Behind Cyberattacks

But British government sources said the NCSC has assessed with "high confidence" that the GRU was "almost certainly" behind the DNC hack that some Hillary Clinton supporters claimed helped tip the U.S. election in Donald Trump's favour.

Dutch Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld said the attack was disrupted and four Russian intelligence officers were immediately expelled from the Netherlands.

It comes after the United Kingdom government accused Russian Federation of executing four prominent cyber attacks between 2015 and 2017, with the National Cyber Security Centre saying it was "almost certain" Russia's intelligence services were behind the attacks.

Russian hackers' activities were exposed following the seizure of laptops from four suspects briefly detained in the Netherlands, from which investigators discovered their use in four global locations including Malaysia.

In addition, the United Kingdom government has indicated earlier today that it has identified that a number of cyber actors widely known to have been conducting cyber attacks around the world are, in fact, the Russian military intelligence service (GRU).

But the decision has come under scrutiny after the USA announced the same day that the four Russians were among seven people it had indicted over a global hacking conspiracy.

Moscow has denied responsibility in the Skripal attack and said the two accused were merely tourists visiting Britain.

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.

The claims over cyber-attacks came after Theresa May said GRU officers used Novichok nerve agent to try to kill former double agent Sergei Skripal. The same laptop was also used in Switzerland.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who was meeting with U.S. allies in Europe, said Russian Federation must pay a price for its "worldwide pattern of reckless and irresponsible behavior".

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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.

It also cited attacks on the World Anti-Doping Agency, Ukrainian transport systems and the 2016 USA presidential race.

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

"This is not the actions of a great power".

Meanwhile, the U.S. Justice Department Thursday indicted seven agents of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency as part of a joint crackdown with Britain and the Netherlands on a series of major hacking plots attributed to Russian Federation.

John Demers, assistant attorney general for the national security division of the DOJ, accused the Russian officers of using hacking to "distract from their own government's wrongdoing".

Russia has accused Canada of joining an "international anti-Russian witch hunt", a charge that represents a new fray in diplomatic relations between the countries.

Britain has accused Russia's military intelligence agency of a spate of cyber attacks, from the hack against the 2016 USA elections to the leaking of top athletes' medical records.

According to the indictment, all seven defendants are members of the GRU, a Russian Federation intelligence agency within the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian military.

"These acts form part of a broader pattern of activities by the Russian government that lie well outside the bounds of appropriate behaviour, demonstrate a disregard for worldwide law and undermine the rules-based worldwide order", said Global Affairs Canada in a statement.

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