The EU has imposed sanctions against the chief of the GRU and Fancy Bear, Russia’s military intelligence unit. Due to the cyberattack on the Bundestag and Angela Merkel
The Council of the European Union imposed sanctions on two Russian citizens and a special center of the Russian GRU due to cyber attacks against the German parliament in 2015 and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in 2018. This is stated in a publication ( .pdf ) in the EU Official Journal. Great Britain joined the EU sanctions.
The sanctions covered:
- Igor Kostyukov, head of the GRU of Russia;
- Dmitry Badin, officer of the Russian GRU;
- The 85th Main Special Services Center of the GRU, also known as the GRU Unit 26165 or the Fancy Bear hacker group .
The participants in the sanctions list were banned from entering the European Union and the UK, and their assets in the EU and the UK were frozen.
The European Union said that Igor Kostyukov was responsible for the cyberattacks carried out by the GRU 26165 unit, and Dmitry Badin, according to the EU, carried out an attack on the Bundestag as an officer of this unit. The hackers of the GRU, as stated in the EU, attacked the Bundestag in April-May 2015 and stole a significant amount of data, and their actions affected the mail accounts of several deputies and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Because of this attack, the parliament’s information system went out of order for several days.
The German prosecutor’s office previously demanded the arrest of Dmitry Badin due to a cyberattack on the Bundestag, the newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung wrote in May. In total, the German prosecutor’s office identified the two hackers involved in the attacks, but sufficient evidence was gathered only in relation to Badin.
In 2018, the United States accused Badin of coordinating the actions of GRU officers involved in interfering in the 2016 presidential election. He was also charged with hacking the computer systems of WADA, FIFA, the International Association of Athletics Federations and other international organizations.
The European Union has imposed sanctions against the head of the Russian GRU, Igor Kostyukov, for the second time. In 2019, the EU imposed sanctions against Kostyukov and his subordinates due to the poisoning of former GRU colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with poison from the Novichok group.