European Union Accuses Russia of Cyber Attacks
The European Union accuses Russia of targeted cyber attacks in several Member States. The 27 EU countries demand that the “evil activities” stop immediately and call on Moscow to take responsibility.
The EU is considering steps, foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said in a statement.
A Russian group called Ghostwriter, known for spreading disinformation is believed to be responsible for cyber-attacks against parliamentarians, government officials, politicians, journalists and civil society organizations. The hackers seek access to computer systems, personal accounts and data.
A ghostwriter is active in Germany, among other places. Earlier this month, the German judiciary opened investigations into cyberattacks on German politicians that suspected Russian intelligence services were involved. The military intelligence service GRU would play a role in the hacks. In addition, shortly before the elections in Germany, parliamentarians from ruling parties CDU/CSU and SPD were spied on, the German authorities said.
The European Union previously punished a group of hackers believed to be working for the GRU for breaking into the German Bundestag’s computer network in 2015. As a result, data was stolen, and even Chancellor Angela Merkel’s email account was not secure.