US and UK fight Rus­sian ‘ag­gres­sion’ in cy­berspace

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Bri­tain and the US have is­sued a for­mal alert about “ma­li­cious cy­ber ac­tiv­ity” by Rus­sia amid warn­ings that relations with Moscow have hit an all-time low.

The UK Na­tional Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Centre (NCSC) com­bined with the FBI and the US Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity to is­sue an un­prece­dented joint “tech­ni­cal alert” set­ting out the threat across the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors.

Of­fi­cials said the move had been planned for “some time” and was not di­rectly re­lated to the US-led mis­siles strikes over the week­end on Rus­sia’s ally Syria. How­ever NCSC chief ex­ec­u­tive Ciaran Martin said it was a “sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment” in the fight­back against Rus­sian ag­gres­sion in cy­berspace.

A joint UK-US state­ment said the state of US and UK net­work de­vices, cou­pled with a Rus­sian govern­ment cam­paign to ex­ploit these de­vices, “threat­ens our re­spec­tive safety, se­cu­rity and eco­nomic well-be­ing”.

Mr Martin said they had seen the “sus­tained tar­get­ing of mul­ti­ple en­ti­ties” over a series of months with mil­lions of ma­chines around the world be­ing tar­geted.

IN RU­INS: Res­i­dents try to get on with their lives amid the dam­aged build­ings in the town of Douma, site of a sus­pected chem­i­cal weapons at­tack by the As­sad regime near Da­m­as­cus

Jeremy Cor­byn sucess­fully tabled a motion for a debate, to be held to­day

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