Russian hackers targeted top aides to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

27 August 2018, 16:39 | Ecumenical Patriarchate | 2 |   | Code for Blog |  | 

A group of Russian hackers widely known as Fancy Bear tried to break into the emails of several senior church officials called metropolitans, who are roughly equivalent to archbishops in the Catholic tradition. Those include Bartholomew Samaras, a key confidante of the patriarch; Emmanuel Adamakis, an influential hierarch in the church; and Elpidophoros Lambriniadis, who heads a prestigious seminary on the Turkish island of Halki. All are involved in the Ukrainian Tomos issue. This was reported by the Associated Press.

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The targeting of high-profile religious figures demonstrates the wide net cast by the cyberspies.

Patriarch Bartholomew claims the exclusive right to grant a “Tomos of Autocephaly,” or full ecclesiastic independence, sought by the Ukrainians. It would be a momentous step, splitting the world’s largest Eastern Orthodox denomination and severely eroding the power and prestige of the Moscow Patriarchate, which has positioned itself as a leading player within the global Orthodox community.

Bartholomew, who is 78, does not use email.

The AP’s evidence comes from a hit list of 4,700 email addresses supplied last year by Secureworks, a subsidiary of Dell Technologies.

The Russian Orthodox Church said it had no information about the hacking and declined comment. Russian officials referred the AP to previous denials by the Kremlin that it has anything to do with Fancy Bear, despite a growing body of evidence to the contrary.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko flew to Istanbul in April in an effort to convince the patriarch to agree to a split, which he has described as “a matter of our independence and our national security.” Moscow’s Patriarch Kirill is flying to Turkey later this week in a last-ditch bid to prevent it.

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  • Ortox | 28 August 2018, 15:22
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    Fake

    • Mauricio | 29 August 2018, 01:51
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      Could you elaborate further other than a word mumbled from google translator? Looks like some low ranking trainees are left to comment here by their moscow masters.

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  • velovs@ukr.net | 13 November 2018, 21:55

    Так вот, когда на Христовых апостолов (среди которых была и Мария, Матерь Иисуса) - в день Пятидесятницы - сошёл Святой Дух, то они стали публично и громко говорить и, в частности, проповедовать на

  • velovs@ukr.net | 13 November 2018, 20:24

    "Замість зустрічі з Президентом, запланованої 13 листопада на 14:00, єпископи УПЦ (МП) зібралися на Архиєрейський Собор." ----------- У такий спосіб ці, мовляв, "архіпастирі" - і

  • velovs@ukr.net | 13 November 2018, 19:31

    Р. S. Кстати говоря, именно это введение церковно-славянского языка - в качестве языка эклезиальных богослужений - для тех славянских народов, что приняли христианство в восточной традиции,

  • velovs@ukr.net | 13 November 2018, 19:02

    Очень интересно и даже смешно получается, когда этот (извините) злобно-ненавистный - промосковский сплетник и клеветник ("римо-католик") настырно диктует Православной Церкви в Украине, на

  • Halo | 13 November 2018, 18:10

    Між тим, незадовго до 11 жовтня Онуфрій був у Порошенко в АП, а 12 жовтня у Ававкова в МВС, не схоже, щоб на церковній території

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