European Union: Yes, Russia Warrants Some Attention

August 4, 2020

With so many smart people wrestling with the Google and cage fighting with England, I was surprised to read “EU, in First Ever Cyber Sanctions, Hits Russian Intelligence.” The allegedly accurate write up states:

Four members of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency were singled out. The EU accuses them of trying to hack the wifi network of the Netherlands-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which has probed the use of chemical weapons in Syria. The 2018 attack was foiled by Dutch authorities.

In addition, two individuals described as “Chinese nationals” found themselves in the sanction target area.

There are several ways to look at this action. First, the Google is a bigger deal than the EU’s friend to the East. Second, the Brexit fishing rights thing distracted EU officials from mere intelligence and trans-national security matters. Third, maybe someone realized that cyber espionage and cyber attacks are something to think about. A couple of years or more seems pretty snappy compared to other EU projects.

Stephen E Arnold, August 3, 2020

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