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Russian hackers interfere with political processes in UK

7 December, 2023 Thursday
18:17

The UK has accused Russia's Security Service, the FSB, of an ongoing cyber-hacking campaign targeting politicians and public figures

BBC reported the information.

The British government asserts that one group, affiliated with the FSB, engaged in cyber-attacks that exposed data, including material related to the 2019 election. 

Despite Russia's repeated denials, Foreign Secretary David Cameron deems the group's actions "completely unacceptable."

"Despite their repeated efforts, they have failed. We will continue to work together with our allies to expose Russian covert cyber activity and hold Russia to account for its actions," Cameron said.

The UK has summoned Russia's ambassador, imposed sanctions on two individuals, one of whom is an FSB officer, and expressed deep concern about the alleged cyber-attacks.

The FSB-linked group, known as Centre 18, is alleged to have been active since at least 2015, stealing information from political and public figures. The group is believed to focus on data hacking, with other entities involved in disseminating and amplifying the impact of the stolen information. Notable targets include the Institute for Statecraft and its founder Chris Donnelly, a former head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove, and individuals across the political spectrum.

Western officials claim that the group engages in intelligence acquisition by hacking email accounts and stealing data, occasionally passing on information to others for public disclosure. 

The accusation by the UK, followed by anticipated actions from the US, aims to expose and disrupt the FSB group's activities. 

"This group has acquired a vast amount of data," Western officials said. "This information is used to undermine the West in various ways."

Authorities have informed all known victims of the cyber-attacks, issuing advisories to increase awareness of the threat as the UK and the US approach upcoming elections.

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