İrem UZUN -TDO- The European Union imposed sanctions on the head of Russia's military intelligence, Igor Kostyukov, and one other official, Dmitry Badin, on Thursday over a cyberattack that saw data stolen from Germany's parliament. In a statement, the EU said that the two officials were responsible for a computer hacking attack on the Bundestag in 2015.
EU officials said Badin was part of a team of Russian military intelligence officers who hacked the Bundestag IT network between April and May 2015. "This cyber-attack targeted the parliament's information system and affected its operation for several days," the EU said. "A significant amount of data was stolen and the email accounts of several MPs as well as of Chancellor Angela Merkel were affected". Kostyukov was sanctioned for his role as First Deputy Head of the GRU. EU officials said Kostyukov commands the 85th Main Centre for Special Services, commonly known in the cyber-security industry under the hacker codenames of APT28, Fancy Bear, Sofacy, or Strontium.
The Russian government has denied this and previous allegations of hacking abroad, including U.S. accusations it was responsible for leaking emails of Democrats in 2016 as part of an effort to help Donald Trump win the U.S. presidential election, saying that the EU lacked evidence.