But they announced this only seven months later.
The authorities of the Netherlands announced that in April four Russians had been expelled from the country, suspected of trying to organize a hacker attack against the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague.
According to the Netherlands, the operation was organized by the Russian military intelligence – GRU. When the Russians were diplomatic passports.
As reported by the local edition of NOS, the Russians tried to hack the Wi-Fi network of the OPCW and tried to get information about the international investigation of the MH17 plane crash near Donetsk. Did they manage to do it until it was clarified.
Full names of expelled Russians:
- Aleksey Sergeevich Morenets;
- Evgeny Serebryakov;
- Oleg Mikhailovich Sotnikov;
- Alexey V. Minin.
As noted in the Bellingcat research group, Morents and Serebryakov passport numbers differ by just one number.
The IDs of the four GRU operatives tracked by the Dutch in relation to an attempted hack of the OPCW. Surprisingly, possibly not the worst GRU agents in the world. pic.twitter.com/DCO09iDkIn
— Eliot Higgins (@EliotHiggins) October 4, 2018
In addition, a check from a taxi from the place where the headquarters of the GRU is located at Sheremetyevo Airport was found at Morentsa.
One of them had a taxi receipt…from the day of the trip to NL…travelling from the GRU high-tech HQ (where hacking on the DNC server was conducted),…to Sheremetievo airport pic.twitter.com/Zbh5ItHliP
— Christo Grozev (@christogrozev) October 4, 2018
The OPCW also studied the situation with the poisoning of a former GRU officer, Sergey Sripil, and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. The organization also worked with the consequences of a chemical attack in Syria, which is accused of the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Russia denies these allegations.