RUSSIA has launched cyber attacks against British media, telecommunications and energy companies over the past year.
Ciaran Martin, the head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) revealed the troubling news in a speech last week. The UK’s national grid, which provides electricity supplies across the country, was hacked on this year’s general election day (8 June). Telephone and media companies were also targeted.
Prime Minister Theresa May recently accused Russia of launching “a campaign of cyberespionage (spying) and disruption”. Hacking important things like our energy and phone companies could lead to serious problems for the country’s electricity supply or a blackout on our mobile phones.
Previously, US intelligence agencies accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election through email hacks and social media posts.
So why is Russia behaving this way? Tensions have been high between western countries and Russia since president Vladimir Putin ordered troops to invade and occupy Crimea, a region of its neighbour Ukraine, in 2014.
In 2015, Russia allegedly launched a cyber-attack on Ukraine’s power grid, disrupting the country’s electricity supply.