EU targets two Russians for cyber attack German Parliament

 


The two officials who have been sanctioned will have their assets frozen and will not be able to travel to the EU. One of them is said to be Dmitry Badin, whom the EU describes as part of the team that carried out the cyber attack.

The European Union has imposed sanctions on the head of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, and an official of the agency for their involvement in the 2015 cyber attack on the lower house of the German parliament.

The official newspaper of the EU published on Thursday the names of the persons and entities that have been sanctioned by the bloc and said that they are "responsible for the involvement" in the cyber attack on the information system of the Bundestag. This attack was said to have occurred in April and May 2015.

During the attack, operating systems were down for several days and a "significant amount" of data was stolen, while the emails of some members of parliament - including Chancellor Angela Merkel - were "affected" by the attack, the council said. of the EU.

The entity, whose assets have been frozen, is a unit within the GRU agency whose officials took part in the cyber attack on the Bundestag, the EU said.

The two officials who have been sanctioned will have their assets frozen and will not be able to travel to the EU. One of them is said to be Dmitry Badin, whom the EU describes as part of the team that carried out the cyber attack.

The EU has also sanctioned Igor Kostyukov, saying he, as head of the GRU, was responsible for cyber attacks carried out by a unit of the agency he heads.

The European bloc said that this GRU unit also took part in the attempt to hack the Wi-Fi network in the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons in April 2018.

Kostyukov has previously been sanctioned by the EU for his role in poisoning former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with nerve agent Novichok in 2018 in Britain.

Prosecutors in Germany, meanwhile, have issued an arrest warrant for Badin, who is also wanted by US authorities, as he is suspected of being part of a group of hackers known as Fancy Bear.

Russia has denied allegations by the EU and Germany that it is behind cyber-attacks on the German parliament.