US, UK blame Rus­sia for global cy­ber at­tack

The Philippine Star - - WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON (Reuters) — The United States and Britain on Mon­day ac­cused Rus­sia of launch­ing cy­ber at­tacks on com­puter routers, fire­walls and other net­work­ing equip­ment used by gov­ern­ment agen­cies, busi­nesses and crit­i­cal in­fras­truc­ture op­er­a­tors around the globe.

Wash­ing­ton and Lon­don is­sued a joint alert say­ing the cam­paign by Rus­sian gov­ern­ment-backed hack­ers was in­tended to ad­vance spy­ing, in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty theft and other “ma­li­cious” ac­tiv­i­ties and could be es­ca­lated to launch of­fen­sive at­tacks.

It fol­lowed a se­ries of warn­ings by West­ern gov­ern­ments that Moscow is be­hind a string of cy­ber at­tacks. The United States, Britain and other na­tions in Fe­bru­ary ac­cused Rus­sia of re­leas­ing the “NotPe- tya” virus, which in 2017 crip­pled parts of Ukraine’s in­fras­truc­ture and dam­aged com­put­ers across the globe, cost­ing com­pa­nies bil­lions of dol­lars.

The Krem­lin did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment. But Rus­sia’s em­bassy in Lon­don is­sued a state­ment cit­ing Bri­tish ac­cu­sa­tions of cy­ber threats from Moscow as “strik­ing ex­am­ples of a reck­less, provoca­tive and un­founded pol­icy against Rus­sia.”

Moscow has de­nied pre­vi­ous ac­cu­sa­tions that it car­ried out cy­ber at­tacks on the United States and other coun­tries.

US in­tel­li­gence agen­cies last year ac­cused Rus­sia of in­ter­fer­ing in the 2016 elec­tion with a hack­ing and pro­pa­ganda cam­paign sup­port­ing Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign for pres­i­dent.

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