Russian news outlet in Latvia believes European state behind phone hack


An independent Russian news outlet whose founder was hacked in Germany earlier this year through military-grade spyware has said it believes a European state was most likely behind the cyberattack, raising thorny questions about an EU member state’s possible use of a blacklisted cyberweapon against a journalist.

Galina Timchenko and Ivan Kolpakov, the founder and current editor-in-chief of Meduza, a Latvia-based independent Russian news outlet outlawed by the Kremlin, said new circumstantial evidence pointed to an EU state as the likely perpetrator behind the hacking of Timchenko’s mobile phone in Berlin earlier this year, which occurred in February shortly before she participated in a meeting of exiled Russian journalists.

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