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28 January 2018, 12:39 | Floyd Cook
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Local media outlets report that the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service were watching the Russian group, known as Cozy Bear, for at least a year and both hacked the group's computers and caught hackers on camera.
"Not only can the intelligence service now see what the Russians are doing, they can also see who's doing it", the Volkskrant said, citing anonymous United States and Dutch sources. Security officials were able to see who came in and out of the building.
A new report sheds light on why United States intelligence has been so confident Russian Federation tried to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. In November 2014, AIVD alerted the National Security Agency (NSA) that Cozy Bear obtained login credentials and emails from NSA FBI employees.
The Dutch intelligence officials made their way into networks used by cyber espionage group Cozy Bear, also known as APT 29, which has been linked by experts to Russian intelligence, possibly Moscow's Federal Security Service.
Last January's joint intelligence report, which focuses mostly on an election operation run by Russia's military intelligence agency GRU, said that Russian intelligence had access to networks at the Democratic National Convention from July 2015 to June 2016.
Cozy Bear has been widely blamed for meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections won by now President Donald Trump.
The agency was able to hack into the group's systems and pinpoint their location.
President Trump has dismissed claims of Russian interference to support him, saying that it stems from Democrats' unhappiness at his win. Additionally, it appears to be the foundation of frequent public assertions by USA lawmakers and intelligence heads that they have "high confidence" that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed cyber attacks against American institutions in 2015 and 2016. "The ally had managed to hack not only the Russians' computers, but also the surveillance cameras inside their workspace, according to the former officials", the Post noted.
"If Dutch newspapers want to throw oil on the fire of the anti-Russian hysteria in the United States, that's not the most dignified of activities", Peskov told reporters. After all, Cozy Bear's attacks on the State Department and the White House were actively fought as soon as they became apparent.
Members of the Netherlands' AIVD intelligence agency infiltrated the headquarters of the Russian hacking collective Cozy Bear, newspaper de Volksrant reported Thursday night.
Even though the assault was thwarted after a 24-hour cyber battle, one Trojan email did get through, enabling the Russian group to access the White House.
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