The AIVD was able to secretly monitor the Cozy Bear group-also known as APT29-and pass on evidence to USA intelligence agencies that Russian hackers attacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant and current affairs show Nieuwsuur reported on Thursday, January 26.
The AIVD then warned U.S. intelligence about the hack, but it reportedly spied on Cozy Bear for up to 2.5 years, and even had access to a security camera within the Moscow building, where the Russian hackers were based.
Dutch intelligence services hacked Russian cyber attackers and alerted USA counterparts after watching them transfer "thousands" of Democratic Party emails ahead of the 2016 United States election, Dutch media reported on Friday.
The Dutch intelligence service declined to comment on the reports Friday. Not only can the intelligence service now see what the Russians are doing, they can also see who's doing it. Pictures are taken of every visitor.
In 2014, Dutch intelligence agency AIVD reportedly managed to locate the hub of the Kremlin-linked hacker group Cozy Bear, also known as APT29.
Officials later told The Post that the NSA had been alerted to the hacks by an unnamed Western intelligence agency.
According to de Volkskrant, AIVD penetrated Cozy Bear and gained access to everything ranging from computer networks to closed-circuit television cameras. "And the AIVD hackers have seen it happening before their very eyes".
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The article, entitled Hackteam AIVD gaf Federal Bureau of Investigation cruciale info over Russische inmenging verkiezingen (Dutch Intelligence hacking team gave Federal Bureau of Investigation vital information about Russian election interference), presents a timeline of what you might call counter-hacking starting back in 2014.
From those pictures, Dutch intelligence deduced that a Russian intelligence agency known as the SVR actually leads Cozy Bear.
Despite Trump's vehement denials of working with the Russians, his White House is now under investigation for possible collusion by special prosecutor Robert Mueller.
Earlier in November 2014, the Dutch also alerted the U.S. to a Cozy Bear attack on the State Department, the daily added.
The Dutch were able to spy on the hackers for up to two and a half years, determining the location of their operations and also capturing the hackers on film, according to the reports.
It has led to the Dutch intelligence agencies becoming more hesitant at sharing information with US, particularly with Trump in the White House, the Volkskrant stated.