The Netherlands Said They Catch Hackers from Russia Every Day
OREANDA-NEWS. The head of the General Intelligence and Security Service of the Netherlands, Eric Akerbom, claims without evidence that the country's special services allegedly "every day catch hackers from both China and Russia."
As Akerbom said in an interview with Vu Magazine: “Every day, we catch hackers from both China and Russia who break into computers of companies and educational institutions in our country. Their goal is also vital infrastructure such as drinking water supply, banks, telecommunications and energy network ". At the same time, the general director of the Dutch intelligence service did not confirm his words with facts, without giving specific examples of cyber attacks.
In 2018, the Dutch Ministry of Defense announced that the country's special services had prevented a hacker attack on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which was allegedly attempted by four Russian citizens. Defense Minister Ankh Bayleveld said the suspects in the cyberattack were expelled from the Netherlands on April 13. The Russian Foreign Ministry called such accusations "another orchestrated propaganda" action and said that the unleashed "anti-Russian campaign of spy mania" is causing serious harm to bilateral relations between the countries.
The West has repeatedly accused the Russian Federation of interfering in internal affairs and carrying out cyber attacks. Russia denies all accusations, stating that Western countries have not provided any evidence of this. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is ready for a dialogue on cybersecurity. China has also denied involvement in cyberattacks, calling the accusations a political farce.