Russian military intelligence hacked Dutch people

Russian military intelligence hacked Dutch people

A unit of the Russian military intelligence service GRU has hacked routers belonging to Dutch private individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises. The military intelligence service (MIVD) has discovered this, writes de Volkskrant.

Routers are part of a global network of attacks and can, for example, destroy or paralyze the network of ministries. It is estimated that the Russian contingent has thousands of hacked devices worldwide. In the Netherlands this would include several dozen routers.

Hacked devices are more sophisticated computer routers, often found in small businesses. Investigative journalist Huib Modderkolk said the Russian unit supports and can monitor and control the routers. NOS Radio 1 News.

According to him, this unit is made to sabotage: “It is also called the most dangerous hacking group in the world.

“We know what you do”

The MIVD discovered the digital attack because the service saw many Dutch IP addresses. According to Modderkolk, victims often do not realize that they are being hacked. These routers are easy to hack by accepting the default router settings or using a simple password. Private individuals and companies are now informed by the MIVD.

It is remarkable that the MIVD has made this information public: “They hope for a better realization that this is really happening, but the aim is also to let the Russians know: ‘we know what you are doing’”. According to Modderkolk, this is a development of recent years and the British and Americans are also increasingly disclosing such sensitive information.

Disinformation and Cyber ​​Threats

The National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (NCTV) previously warned about disinformation and cyber threats related to the war in Ukraine. These cyber attacks can affect the communication system of, for example, banks or hospitals. There are currently no specific threats, but that could soon change with the rapidly evolving war.

It is unclear whether the hacking of the Russian hacker group has anything to do with the war in Ukraine.

Source: NOS