Contents tagged with GRU

  • Media: Russian special services hacked into Merkel’s computer accounts in 2015

    In 2015, Russian hackers gained access to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's official computer and thousands of her official emails, Spiegel reported, citing investigators.

    In total, the volume of the leaked information amounted to about 16 gigabytes, the newspaper writes. Two of the Chancellor's accounts, which she used for correspondence, were attacked from 2012 to 2015.

    The investigation is being carried out by the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany and the Federal Office for …

  • Georgia accuses Russia of large-scale cyberattack against thousands of websites

    The cyberattack against Georgia in October 2019 was carried out by Russia, and more specifically by Military Unit 74455, the hacker division of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), said the US, UK, Georgia and a number of other European countries on Thursday.

    “On October 28, 2019, the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Main Center for Special Technologies (GtsST, also known as Unit 74455) carried out a widespread disruptive cyberattack against the country of …

  • Russia’s military intelligence had secret base in French Alps

    Agents of Russia’s military intelligence (formerly the GRU) established a base in the French Alps for conducting special operations in Europe, writes the French newspaper Le Monde, citing anonymous sources.

    According to the news outlet, the GRU task force consisted of 15 officers from an elite intelligence division who were responsible for “contract killings and sabotage”.

    The secret base existed between 2014 and 2018. During this time, the Russian spies made multiple trips from Haute-Savoie …

  • Skripal poisoner spotted at wedding of GRU general’s daughter

    Ruslan Boshirov, one of London’s chief suspects in the Skripal poisoning case and identified by Bellingcat to be the same person as GRU Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, has been spotted in the wedding photographs of GRU Major-General Andrey Averyanov’s daughter, Radio Liberty reports, based on a joint investigation with Bellingcat.

    According to the journalists, the photographs were taken six months before the poisoning of the Skripals. The wedding was held in a hotel on the shore of Lake Senezh, 15 …

  • Ukrainian foreign intelligence: Russia has allocated $350 million for interference in Ukraine’s elections

    Yehor Bozhok, chairman of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine (SZRU), told the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia news outlet in an interview that the Russian government has allocated an additional $350 million to its efforts to destabilize Ukraine – this time, the funds are to be used to interfere in Ukraine’s elections in the hope of bringing Ukraine back into Russia’s sphere of influence.

    “The aim is to bring Ukraine completely back into the Russian orbit of influence. But in such a way that there …

  • Another head of Russian intelligence dies

    For the second time in three years, the head of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) has died. According to the official explanation, Colonel General Igor Korobov died after a “severe and lengthy illness”. However, several sources in the media believe that his health only started to deteriorate after he was taken to task by Vladimir Putin.

    Igor Korobov was appointed head of the GRU in January 2016, replacing the recently deceased Igor Sergun.

    During his time in the position, Korobov …

  • Germany accuses Russia of cyberattacks

    Germany supports the conclusions reached by British and Dutch intelligence that Russia is responsible for a series of cyberattacks against international organizations and institutions, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert reported on Friday.

    According to him, Berlin “has complete faith” in the results of the investigation carried out by the Netherlands and UK, which shows that Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) is behind the hacks.

    The day before, Dutch Defense Minister Ank …

  • Security Service of Ukraine detained the head of the Yavoriv military training area on suspicion of working for Russian intelligence

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) suspects the head of the Yavoriv training range of working for the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia. This is evidenced by the June 21st decision of the Shevchenkovsky district court of Kyiv, where, at the investigator's request, a laptop, mobile phone, three DVD-ROMs, a flash drive were seized as evidence, along with a piece of paper with the inscription "quarto" and the phrase "on the order of …

  • Bellingcat names retired Russian military intelligence officer involved in downing of MH-17

    On Wednesday, February 14, independent expert and journalist group Bellingcat released a new report about the investigation of the downing of the Malaysian Boeing aircraft, which had been operating Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 in the airspace above the Donbas. The document establishes the identity of an individual officer, nicknamed ‘Gloomy’, who had apparently been involved in the carriage of ‘Buk’ anti-aircraft missile system that caused the Boeing to crash.

    The report’s authors noted …