Russian meddling spreads its wings: Cyber security chief warns Britain

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

In a speech scheduled for Wednesday in London, Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), declined to provide any details on the attacks.

"I can confirm that Russian interference, seen by the National Cyber Security Centre over the past year, has included attacks on the United Kingdom media, telecommunication and energy sectors", Martin added.

"I can confirm that Russian interference, seen by the National Cyber Security Centre over the past year, has included attacks on the United Kingdom media, telecommunication and energy sectors", Martin said.

The NCSC, which is a branch of GCHQ charged with oversight of Britain's cybersecurity, was "actively engaging with global partners, industry and civil society" to counter the threat, he said.

Theresa May accused Russian Federation of "seeking to weaponise information" as she accused Moscow of meddling in elections and hacking Denmark's defence ministry and the German parliament.

Martin echoed May's comments that Russian Federation was trying to "undermine the worldwide system" with information warfare and cyber attacks. That much is clear.

The agency was "actively engaging with global partners, industry and civil society" to tackle the threat from Russian Federation, he added. "We know what you are doing". And you will not succeed.

The Guardian newspaper today reported that more than 400 Twitter accounts run from Russian Federation published posts about Britain's departure from the European Union in an attempt to influence local politics.

It's now known that one particular account secured significant coverage in the mainstream press following the Westminster attack in March.

The UK's energy, telecoms and media sectors have been targeted by Russian hackers.

"NCSC believes that due to the use of widespread targeting by the attacker, a number of industrial control system engineering and services organisations are likely to have been compromised".

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