Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that Russia, and in particular the GRU, the Russian military intelligence service, are acting ‘indiscriminately’ and “without regard to international law” after the UK government accredit a series of cyber attacks in the UK and abroad to them.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have attributed at least 10 cyber attacks to the GRU, claiming they “were almost certainly responsible”. The foreign office claims that these have affected citizens in a large number of countries, including Russia, and “have cost national economies millions pounds”.
Jeremy Hunt said:
“These cyber attacks serve no legitimate national security interest, instead impacting the ability of people around the world to go about their daily lives free from interference, and even their ability to enjoy sport.
“The GRU’s actions are reckless and indiscriminate: they try to undermine and interfere in elections in other countries; they are even prepared to damage Russian companies and Russian citizens. This pattern of behaviour 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.
“Our message is clear: together with our allies, we will expose and respond to the GRU’s attempts to undermine international stability.”
The GRU have caused disruption of Odessa airport, Russia’s central bank, two Russian media outlets, the world anti-doping agency, the US Democratic political party, an un-named small UK TV station as well as others.
This news came on the same day that the Netherland’s claimed they and the UK foiled an attempt to hack the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The attempt was in April, during which time the OPCW were working to independently verify the UK’s analysis of the chemical used in the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury. Which they went on to confirm was a Novichok nerve agent, which has now been proven to have been carried out by serving GRU officers.
In regards to the next steps that the UK Government will take after attributing these attacks to Russia, The Post has contacted the Foreign Office and are waiting for a response.