The Dutch apparently have proof of Russian group's involvement in DNC hack


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 and.

"There is nothing to say", Peskov said, when asked whether Moscow was aware that Dutch intelligence services had been tracking activities of a hacking group from Russian Federation for two years and provided their USA counterparts with information about the group's alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Not only can the intelligence service now see what the Russians are doing, they can also see who's doing it. Pictures are taken of every visitor. The building they use is located near Moscow's Red Square, but the Dutch security service is no longer inside Cozy Bear's network.

AIVD's hackers were in place to see the infamous Cozy Bear hacking group launch its attack on the United States' Democratic Party, an assault which resulted in emails being leaked, creating a controversy which - in the view of Hillary Clinton - may have swung the USA presidential election.

Russia's hacking attacks not only targeted the United States but have also had major repercussions in Europe, where intelligence agencies have scrambled to stop Russian interference.

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Cozy Bear has been widely blamed for meddling in the 2016 United States elections won by now President Donald Trump. "From the pictures taken of visitors, the AIVD deduces that the hacker group is led by Russia's external intelligence agency SVR". Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHouse Judiciary Republican: Comey could be called to testify again Stakes intensify: Mueller seeks to question Trump Trump asked acting FBI chief whom he voted for during WH meeting: report MORE has confirmed that the investigation started in July 2016.

But the Volksrant report says that intelligence in the Netherlands, which is not part of the "Five Eyes" group of the closest us intelligence partners, also shared info with the Americans. Dutch newspapers are not the most reliable source, the spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agency TASS. An information and technology sharing arrangement with the National Security Agency and other USA intelligence agencies resulted in the determination that Cozy Bear's efforts were at least in part being driven by the Russian Federation's leadership-including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

According to Dutch media, AIVD agents also watched when Russian hackers launched an attack on the State Department in 2014 and compromised unclassified systems at the White House as well as in Congress.

"The NSA defenders, aided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, prevailed over the intruders, who were working for a Russian spy agency", the of the USA counter-attack, which took over a day to thwart.