Media reports from The Netherlands claim that hackers embedded within the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD watched Russian hackers attack the United States. for years.
/ Rob Bertholee (L), head of the General Intelligence and Security Service of the Netherlands (AIVD), and Dutch Minister Ronald Plasterk of the Ministry of the Interior, address a press conference on the presentation of the AIVD's annual report in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands, on April 21, 2016.
President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he had yet to see any official comment from the Dutch intelligence services on the matter.
The AIVD reportedly witnessed Russian hackers transferring thousands of emails and files from Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers and informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Russia's hacking attacks not only targeted the United States but have also had major repercussions in Europe, where intelligence agencies have scrambled to stop Russian interference. AIVD had access to security cameras that recorded who entered and exited the room as well other security cameras around the building located near Red Square, where the Cozy Bear operations took place.
Their camera access was said to add to evidence that the hacks from the group were backed by Russia's Foreign Intelligence Agency.
Cozy Bear has been widely blamed for meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections won by now President Donald Trump. Mueller's team has spent the past eight months interviewing members of Trump's campaign and White House staff, and has issued four indictments, with two guilty pleas. For years, it supplies them with valuable intelligence about targets, methods and the interests of the highest ranking officials of the Russian security service.
Dutch spies reportedly hacked the network of Russian hackers based near Red Square in Moscow.. An information and technology sharing arrangement with the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies resulted in the determination that Cozy Bear's efforts were at least in part being driven by the Russian Federation's leadership-including Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to Dutch media, AIVD agents also watched when Russian hackers launched an attack at the State Department in 2014, and compromised unclassified systems at the White House as well as in Congress.
Both of the Dutch news reports rely exclusively on anonymous sources from Dutch and American intelligence agencies, diplomatic services, and other government divisions.