Contents tagged with Netherlands

  • Dutch Defense Minister admits there is a cyber war with Russia

    Interfax reports that, while speaking on Dutch national television, the head of the Netherland’s Ministry of Defense, Ank Bijleveld agreed with the statement that her country is conducting a cyber war with Russia.

    When asked if the current situation between the Netherlands and Russia could be described as a cyber war, she replied, "Yes, that is the case."

    Bijleveld added that after the detention of Russian intelligence officers, the Dutch Ministry of Defense decided to increase its cyber …

  • Kremlin claims Russians accused of hacker attack in Netherlands were testing embassy's computer systems

    The Russians detained in April in the Netherlands were supposed to test the embassy's computer systems, stated the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Intexfax reports.

    “The technical equipment confiscated from the Russian representatives were intended for testing the embassy’s information systems for analyzing the security of computer networks in connection with the frequent attempts of cyber-penetration into Russian state institutions,” the statement reads.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry …

  • Latvia accuses Russia of cyber attacks

    Latvia’s Constitution Protection Bureau reported that Russian military intelligence service GRU has attempted to gain access to the Latvian government's information using phishing attacks against their computer networks.

    "The cyber attacks in Latvia were carried out by the GRU for the espionage purposes. The most frequent attacks were directed against state institutions, including the defense and foreign affairs sectors," said the statement.

    Less commonly, the GRU attacks were aimed at the …

  • Switzerland opens criminal case against Russian spies

    The Swiss Federal Attorney's Office is conducting an investigation into the criminal case of two Russian citizens suspected of involvement in the cyber attack at the European headquarters of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in Lausanne.

    On Monday, September 17, in Bern, the prosecutor's office representatives said that the case on espionage for political purposes was initiated as early as March 2017, reports Deutsche Welle.

    The office also accuses Russians of trying to obtain data from the …

  • Russian Defense Ministry claims MH17 was downed by Ukrainian missile

    The Russian Defense Ministry claims that the missile which shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Donetsk province on July 17, 2014, belonged to a Ukrainian military unit.

    At a press conference on Monday, Lieutenant General Nikolai Parshin, chief of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Missile and Artillery Directorate said  the Russian Defense Ministry has supposedly established that the 9M38 missile for the Buk anti-air system that shot down the Boeing was sent in December 1986 to …

  • Media: Two Russian spies were detained and deported from Netherlands

    NRC Handelsblad and the Swiss media outlet Tages-Anzeiger report that two Russian spies were detained in the Netherlands at the beginning of the year. They were attempting to obtain data from a radiological and chemical-radiological analysis laboratory that participated in the investigation of chemical attacks in Syria and the Skripal poisoning in Salisbury, London.

    The Russians tried to get into the laboratory in the Swiss city of Spiez. The Swiss Federal Intelligence Service confirmed that …

  • Poroshenko signs a bill allowing Netherlands to prosecute in Ukraine those responsible for MH17 air disaster

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill ratifying an agreement with the Netherlands regarding their international judicial cooperation. This decision will allow the Dutch to carry out a legal process concerning the crash of the Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Donbass in 2014, the president’s press office announced.

    President Petro Poroshenko has signed bills “which ratify an agreement between Ukraine and the Kingdom of the Netherlands for international judicial …

  • EU summit calls on Russia to accept responsibility for downing of flight MH17

    The leaders of 28 EU member states called on Russia to accept responsibility for downing Malaysian Boeing 777 flight MH17, which was shot down in the skies over the Donetsk region on July 17, 2014.

    The EU Council published a statement on their website outlining conclusions of the first day of the summit held in Brussels, attended by EU heads of state and government. “The European Council reiterates its full support for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2166 concerning the …

  • Netherlands issues stamp with soccer player shooting down MH17

    The Netherlands’ national mail operator, PostNL, has printed stamps depicting a connection between the FIFA World Cup in Russia and the MH17 aviation catastrophe of 2014, Dutch News outlet NOS reports. The stamp depicts a person kicking a ball so that it collides with a passenger plane. Below the image, the stamp reads “FIFA World Cup RUSSIA 2018”.

    The stamps were ordered through PostNL’s website, where anyone can design and order stamps with a personalized image. The company confirmed that an …

  • Netherlands: Ukraine cannot be responsible for MH17 crash

    The Netherlands does not consider Ukraine responsible for the crash of the Malaysian Boeing in the Donbas due to the airspace over the region not being closed.

    Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok responded to a question on this matter from ministers of parliament, Dutch news outlet NOS reports. In the question, the legislators noted that, if Ukraine had information that Buk missile launchers had appeared in the conflict region, Kyiv would have had reason to close the airspace over the dangerous …