Dutch spies had eyes on DNC hackers

According to the report, later in the year, Russian hackers targeted the White House computer networks - the attack was also detected by the Dutch intelligence agency, which then informed U.S. authorities.

However, before this incident happened, officials from Dutch intelligence agency "AIVD" had intercepted the hacking group and warned American officials about the threat, according to Reuters. Security officials were able to see who came in and out of the building.

According to de Volkskrant, AIVD penetrated Cozy Bear and gained access to everything ranging from computer networks to closed-circuit television cameras.

AIVD's hackers were in place to see the infamous Cozy Bear hacking group launch its attack on the United States' Democratic Party, an assault which resulted in emails being leaked, creating a controversy which - in the view of Hillary Clinton - may have swung the U.S. presidential election.

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The AIVD's observations provided "crucial evidence" of Russian involvement in the attacks, de Volkskrant reported, adding that six anonymous American and Dutch sources supported this view.

Last January's joint intelligence report, which focuses mostly on an election operation run by Russia's military intelligence agency GRU, said that Russian intelligence had access to networks at the Democratic National Convention from July 2015 to June 2016.

After penetrating the network of Russian hackers known as Cozy Bear, the Dutch agents alerted United States spy chiefs as they watched the Russians transfer "thousands" of Democratic Party emails ahead of the presidential vote.

"Access to Cozy Bear turns out to be a goldmine for the Dutch hackers".

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AIVD also provided valuable information to the United States. The AIVD hackers manage to gain access to that camera.

"We have neither heard nor seen any statements from the Dutch special services on that score". "From the pictures taken of visitors, the AIVD deduces that the hacker group is led by Russia's external intelligence agency SVR". And it was the information that they were able to provide to the United States shed light on Cozy Bear.

Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov dismissed the Dutch reports on Friday, denouncing them as unreliable.

In 2014, the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD infiltrated the computer network of a university building near Moscow's Red Square, which turned out to be the headquarters of the notorious Cozy Bear hacking group.

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"The NSA defenders, aided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, prevailed over the intruders, who were working for a Russian spy agency", the of the US counter-attack, which took over a day to thwart.


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