9 July 202117:45

Another fake about Russian hackers

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The omnipresent hackers supposedly connected with the Russian security services keep heating up the imagination of Western journalists, who present their concoctions dressed up as some sort of an investigation.

This time, the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant decided to expose “hackers who penetrated deep inside the law enforcement system of the Netherlands.” On June 8, it carried an article by Huib Modderkolk citing anonymous sources (which is always done for want of evidence) who said that in 2017 the servers of the National Police in the Netherlands were attacked by hackers connected with (can you guess who? But of course!) the Russian security services. The perpetrators allegedly found a backdoor in the computer system of the Police Academy (however comical it sounds) and got access to the entire police database. 

The journalist did not bother to prove Moscow’s involvement in the incident. What’s the use of evidence when the true goal is to use the word “Russia” in a negative context once again, and to cement a negative attitude towards our country among the Dutch public.

Generally speaking, the Western media regularly plant such fake stories on a variety of topics. Recently the theme of “Russian hackers” and “Chinese “IT-specialists” emerged so as to cover up the scandals related to collecting data on the country’s citizens by both the Defence Ministry, which is not legally authorised to do so, and municipal officials who used fake Facebook accounts. Apparently, this is done for the public to feel a threat emanating from somewhere outside rather than from the EU defence and security agencies and NATO.

Meanwhile, our constructive proposals on cooperation in cybersecurity are being ignored, obviously for political reasons. The Russian leader repeatedly stressed our country’s readiness to hold consultations on these issues; the last time he made this proposal during his talks with US President Joe Biden in Geneva on June 16. The EU capitals also know how to contact the National Computer Incident Response and Coordination Centre (NCIRCC), an authorised body that ensures Russia’s interaction with other countries’ agencies, international NGOs and foreign organisations involved in computer incident response. However, to all appearances, this is another case when the NCIRCC was not addressed. It is much easier to groundlessly accuse Russia and carry on the anti-Russia narrative than to really interact with our country. This was proved once again by the De Volkskrant article about the mythical Russian hackers.



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