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UK accuses Russia of cyber attacks

Published on : 04 October 2018, 02:01 PM
UK accuses Russia of cyber attacks


British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt on Thursday accused the Russian military intelligence services, the GRU, of carrying out a campaign of "indiscriminate and reckless cyber attacks" against political institutions, companies, media and sports entities in several countries.

"This pattern of behavior demonstrates their desire to operate without regard to international law or established norms and to do so with a feeling of impunity and without consequences," Foreign Secretary Hunt said.

According to the British government, its National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC) determined that a number of people known to have carried out several cyber attacks around the world are members of the GRU.

"This GRU campaign demonstrates that it is working in secret to undermine international law and international institutions," the statement said.

These attacks "have affected citizens in a large number of countries, including Russia, and have cost the local economies millions."

Among the attacks identified by the NCSC, is that of the US Democratic Party, a prelude to the scandal of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, and for which the GRU has already been accused by Washington.

In addition, the British government quoted the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and the transport system in Ukraine.

The NCSC claims with high probability that the GRU was almost certainly responsible for the BadRabbit virus that in October 2017 encrypted numerous hard disks making the telecommunications systems inoperative and causing disturbances, among others, at the Odesa airport, the Russian central bank and Several Russian media.

"The actions of the GRU are imprudent and indiscriminate: they try to undermine and interfere in elections in other countries, they are even prepared to harm Russian companies and Russian citizens," Hunt said.

The British chancellor said that his government, together with its allies, is determined to expose and respond to the alleged actions of the Russian military intelligence services against international stability.

The British government had already attributed in September to two agents of the GRU, identified as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with Novichok, a banned chemical weapon, in the English city of Salisbury on May 4. of March.

London claimed to believe that the attack was approved by the Kremlin, an accusation that was firmly denied by Russian authorities.

"These men are officers of the Russian military intelligence service, the GRU, who used an illegal and terribly toxic chemical weapon on the streets of our country," a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May had denounced.

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