MOSCOW, February 25 – RIA Novosti. The head of the Netherlands' General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), Eric Akerbom, claims without evidence that the country's special services allegedly “every day catch hackers from both China and Russia.”
“Every day, we catch hackers from both China and Russia hacking into computers of companies and educational institutions. They also target vital infrastructure such as drinking water, banks, telecommunications and energy networks,” Akerbom told Vu Magazine. At the same time, the director general of Dutch intelligence did not give specific examples of cyber attacks.
In 2018, the Dutch Ministry of Defense announced that the country's special services had prevented a hacker attack on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which four Russian citizens allegedly tried to carry out. According to the head of the department Ankh Bayleveld, the suspects with diplomatic passports were expelled from the Netherlands on April 13. The Russian Foreign Ministry called such accusations “yet another orchestrated propaganda” action and said that the unleashed “anti-Russian campaign of spy mania” is causing serious harm to bilateral relations.
The West has more than once accused Russia of interfering in internal affairs and cyber attacks. Russia denied all accusations, saying that Western countries did not present any evidence. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is ready for a dialogue on cybersecurity. China has also denied involvement in cyberattacks, calling the accusations a political farce.