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Putin Insists OPCW Hackers Were Just ‘Trying To Check Facebook’

Vladimir Putin has today launched a fierce denial of Russian attempts to hack the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The attempt to hack the OPCW is believed to have been carried out by the GRU, Russia’s intelligence service. The attack was eventually foiled by British and Dutch military intelligence agents.

The GRU are also believed to be responsible for the recent poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, which has inflamed tensions between Russia and Britain. Speaking at a press conference in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin moved swiftly to deny the claims:

“The simple fact is, they [the accused Russian agents] were just trying to access their Facebook accounts. Somehow, they got a little lost on the internet and ended up accidentally trying to hack the OPCW. I’d like to assure you all that these men are just ordinary citizens, not intelligence agents. They just ended up pressing a few incorrect buttons on their keyboards and accidentally committing cyber warfare. It happens to the best of us.”

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