"The GRU did so in response to the efforts of anti-doping officials' exposure of Russia's systematic and state-backed athlete doping program", said John C. Demers, U.S. assistant attorney general for national security.
A USA grand jury today indicted seven defendants, all officers in the Russian Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), for hacking, wire fraud, identity theft, and money laundering. If that unsuccessful, the hackers would conduct "on-site" or "close access" hacking operations with trained GRU members traveling with sophisticated equipment to target their victims through wifi networks.
Britain and the Netherlands accused Russian Federation of sending agents with wi-fi antennas to the Hague to try to hack into the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) while it was investigating an attack on an ex-spy in England. Dutch investigators said the snoopers nabbed outside the OPCW also appear to have logged into the Wi-Fi networks near the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Malaysian hotels where crash investigators had gathered.
Meanwhile, IOC President Thomas Bach says the world Olympic body has "not been contacted by the different agencies" in the West who have alleged that a Russian military intelligence unit also carried out cyber attacks against global sports organisations.
One of the men was subsequently identified by an investigative website as Colonel Anatoliy Chepiga, an officer in Russia's GRU military intelligence. But a federal indictment announced on Thursday charges that Russian spies waged a long-running campaign to undermine investigations into doping activities by Russian athletes during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Moscow accused the West of "spy mania" after Dutch security services said they had thwarted a Russian cyber attack on the OPCW.
The lawyer for Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov has released a scathing statement following the indictment of seven Russian military intelligence (GRU) officers in the United States, claiming the country has launched a "full-scale invasion" of Western countries using computers.
Vladimir Putin arrives in India, focus on S-400 missile deal
India is seeking the long-range missile system to strengthen its air defence mechanism, especially along the border with China. Washington has long threatened sanctions against any nation that buys advanced weapon systems from Russian Federation .
"This was not an isolated act", British Ambassador Peter Wilson to the Netherlands said at a briefing about the espionage on Thursday.
The allegation came hours after Britain and Australia separately blamed the GRU for some major hacking plots including the US Democratic Party and world sport's anti-Doping authority.
Skripal, his daughter and a police officer fell seriously ill and a British woman later died after her partner found the poison in a discarded perfume bottle.
"The defendants believed they could use their anonymity to act with impunity in their own countries and on the territories of other sovereign nations to undermine global institutions and to distract from their government's own wrongdoing", Demers said.
An online database for vehicle registration in Russia showed that Aleksei Morenets, whose full name and date of birth are the same as one of the Russians expelled by the Dutch, sold his auto in 2004, listing the Moscow address where the Defence Ministry's Military University is based.
US Secretary of Defence James Mattis speaks during a news conference after North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence ministers meeting at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
They were named in them as Alekski Morenets and Evgenii Serebriakov, described as a cyber operators, and Oleg Soktnikov and Alexey Minin, who were said to have provided "humint (human intelligence) support".
"These acts form part of a broader pattern of activities by the Russian government that lie well outside the bounds of appropriate behaviour, demonstrate a disregard for worldwide law and undermine the rules-based worldwide order", said Global Affairs Canada in a statement.