The Russian military intelligence officers alleged a traveled in person to offices of the targeted organizations in Switzerland, Brazil, Malaysia, and Netherlands to compromise the Wi-Fi Networks in a global ranging cyber-espionage campaign.
The claim were made by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) as it indicted the seven GRU officers earlier today for the computer hacking, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft, and money laundering.
When the official’s officers were failed to obtain the user’s logins or the compromised accounts didn’t give them the necessary privileged access, they have hacked the Wi-Fi physically by connecting to their Wi-Fi Connections, which do includes the hotel Wi-Fi networks.
Anti-doping agency WADA, and Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)— which are now investigating the Salisbury poisoning and the use of chemical weapons in the Syria — are said to have been among the targets.
Reports suggest four of the GRU officers have set up the hacking equipment in the boot of a car parked in the OPCW’s offices in The Hague.
It is said that they are being disrupted by the Dutch Intelligence officers, who just confirmed the equipment that these equipments have been used at the Swiss hotel which was used by Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports (CCES) and a hotel in Kaula Lumpar, where the investigations were underway into the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine.
“State-sponsored hacking and disinformation campaigns pose serious threats to our open society, but the Department of Justice is defending against them,” said attorney general Jeff session in a Statement.
“Today we are now indicting the seven GRU officers for multiple felonies each, which include the use of hacking to spread the personal information of hundreds of anti-doping officials and athletes as a part of an effort to distract from Russia’s state-sponsored doping program.”
Some of other victim’s organizations which includes the U.S nuclear power provider Westinghouse Electric Company, which was targeted with spear phishing attacks.