The European Union has imposed sanctions against four Russian hackers working for the GRU

Евросоюз ввел санкции против четырех российских хакеров, работающих на ГРУ

In today’s world the cyber crime carries the same danger as conventional crime. However, it’s one thing when hackers acting on their own, and another when they work under the guidance of the government.

The Council of the European Union have imposed sanctions against four Russian citizens suspected of involvement in cyberattacks against the EU. It is reported by the Informant Tech, citing an official Journal of the European Union.

Under the sanctions were employees of the Main intelligence Directorate (GRU) of Russia Alexey Minin, Alexey Morenets, Evgeny Serebryakov and Oleg Sotnikov, who had previously suspected operations in the Netherlands, the USA, Brazil, Switzerland and Malaysia. The European Union imposed sanctions on the structure of GRU is the Main center of special technologies of the Main Directorate of the General staff of the Russian Armed forces. In addition, because cyber attacks, the EU imposed sanctions against two Chinese citizens and one organization from China and one from Korea. People and organizations, which imposed sanctions, according to the EU, involved in the attack against the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons attacks WannaCry, NotPetya and Cloud Hopper.

All four Russians were charged that they were involved in “attempted cyberattacks, with a potential negative – if consequences against the Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons (OPCW)” in the Netherlands, reports Interfax-Ukraine. In the comments they are all listed as staff of Main intelligence Directorate of the General staff of the Russian Armed forces, which tried to carry out unauthorized access to your Wi-Fi network of the OPCW in the Hague in April 2018. If their attempt was successful, according to the publication, would violate network security and investigation, which was conducted by the OPCW. “The intelligence service and military security of the Netherlands (Militaire Inlichtingen – en Veiligheidsdienst – MIVD) prevented the attempt of a cyber attack, thereby eliminating serious damage to the OPCW”, – stated in the Annex to the decision of the EU Council.

In a communiqué released after the publication in the “Official journal” reported that “the sanctions include travel ban and freezing of assets.” In addition, natural and legal persons of the EU is prohibited to provide funds to sanctioned individuals. Explain in Brussels that the new sanctions serve to “prevent, deter and respond to malicious cyberwaste against the EU or its member States and the EU for the first time using this tool.”

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