Latvia — Example cited of successful Russian cyber operation targeting senior Western business visitor.Provided back door into important Western institutions.Source B asserted that the TRUMP operation was both supported and directed by Russian President Vladimir PUTIN. CONFIDENTIAL/SENSITIVE SOURCE CONFIDENTIAL/SENSITIVE SOURCE ...disunity both within the US itself, but more especially within the Transatlantic alliance which was viewed as inimical to Russia's interests.Source C, a senior Russian financial official said the TRUMP operation should be seen in terms of PUTIN's desire to return to Nineteenth Century 'Great Power' politics anchored upon countries' interests rather than the ideals-based international order established after World War Two, S/he had overheard PUTIN talking in this way to close associates on several occasions. In terms of specifics, Source A confided that the Kremlin had been feeding TRUMP and his team valuable intelligence on his opponents, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary CLINTON, for several years [see more below].This was confirmed by Source D, a close associate of TRUMP who had organized and managed his recent trips to Moscow, and who reported, also in June 2016, that this Russian intelligence had been "very helpful".
However it has not as yet been distributed abroad, including to TRUMP.
the Central Bank of Russia knowingly having to cover up for such agents' money laundering operations through the Russian financial system. In terms of the FSB's recruitment of capable cyber operatives to carry out its, ideally deniable, offensive cyber operations, a Russian IT specialist with direct knowledge reported in June 2016 that this was often done using coercion and blackmail.
In terms of 'foreign' agents, the FSB was approaching US citizens of Russian (Jewish) origin on business trips to Russia.
— Example given of US citizen of Russian origin approached by FSB and offered incentive of "investment" in his business when visiting Moscow.
— Problems however for Russian authorities themselves in countering local hackers and cyber criminals, operating outside state control.
Such people often would receive monetary inducements or contractual favours from the Russian state or its agents in return.