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Saturday, April 17, 2021

EU, UK Sanction Russia for 2015 German Parliament Cyberattack

The EU and UK imposed sanctions on senior Russian intelligence officers for their alleged role in breaching the computer network in the German parliament in 2015.

The EU and UK imposed sanctions on senior Russian intelligence officers for their alleged role in breaching the computer network in the German parliament in 2015.

During the attacks on April and May that year, the IT infrastructure of the Bundestag and the entire parliament had to be taken offline for days while it was fixed.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among those whose data were stolen along with other members of the parliament.

The two GRU officers who are to be sanctioned were identified as Dmitry Badin and Igor Kostyukov.

Badin and Kostyukov would be banned from EU soil and are subject to asset freezes.

Kostyukov allegedly controls and commands the 85th Main Centre for Special Services (GTsSS), also known as Military Unit 26165 or Fancy Bear.

Badin had already been identified by German authorities as the mastermind behind the attack on the Bundestag and is being investigated by the FBI for his alleged interference in the 2016 US elections.

German authorities have been pushing for official EU sanctions against Russia since the year began.

The UK is also joining the enforcement of the sanctions despite leaving the EU bloc to hold Russia accountable for allegedly undermining Western democracies. 

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