The NL Times reports on some extraordinarily shocking cyber security news:
Two Dutch intelligence services uncovered substantial evidence detailing how a Russian-backed hacking group infiltrated the Barack Obama White House, the U.S. Department of State, and the Democratic National Committee, according to a ground breaking report from broadcaster NOS and newspaper Volkskrant. The evidence was uncovered by a Dutch cyber defense team gained access to the “Cozy Bear” hacker group’s systems, including a hallway security camera that allowed the Dutch team to maintain visual surveillance of the hackers.
Information collected by the Dutch Joint Sigint Cyber Unit (JSCU) was turned over to the NSA, CIA, and FBI, and helped form the basis for the U.S. special counsel investigation examining claims of Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election campaign battle between current U.S. President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The JSCU, comprised of members from the AIVD and MIVD intelligence agencies, kept watch over Cozy Bear from anywhere between 12 to 30 months.
It started in the summer of 2014 “most likely before” the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, the Volkskrant reported. The flight, which originated in Amsterdam, was shot out of the sky over the Ukraine. The incident was suspected to be the act of Russian-backed separatists or Russian military.
The Dutch owned the owners – they had not only been able to acquire access to Russian backed Cozy Bear networks, but even physical security camera’s in the building where the team performed their operations. This is tremendous news, and a highly interesting revelation that likely nobody has expected.