Sanctions were introduced against two Russian citizens and a GRU unit. The Russian side has repeatedly denied suspicions of a cyber attack.
The European Union on Thursday, October 22, imposed sanctions on two Russians and the 85th Main Center of Special Services of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces for a cyberattack on the Bundestag in 2015. This is stated in the statement of the EU Council.
“The Council today imposed restrictive measures against two individuals and one body who was responsible or participated in the cyberattack on the German federal parliament in April and May 2015. This cyberattack targeted the parliament’s information system and affected its ability to function for several days. A significant amount of data was stolen, and the mail accounts of several members of parliament, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, were affected, “the message says.
Sanctions are being introduced against Igor Kostyukov and Dmitry Badin.
Great Britain made a similar decision.
As a reminder, a hacker under the nickname Scaramouche on May 8, 2015, as a result of a cyberattack on the computer of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, gained access to two of her email addresses.
The investigation believes that Russian military intelligence is behind the hacker attack. At the same time, on May 5, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Federal Republic of Germany announced the international wanted list of Russian Dmitry Badin, accusing him of involvement in a cyberattack on the Bundestag network.
The Russian side has repeatedly denied suspicions of involvement in hacker attacks. None of the Federal Republic’s law enforcement agencies has ever provided evidence to support the media version of the cybercriminals’ links with Moscow.