Telegraph: British authorities suspect GRU in hacker attacks on the infrastructure of the country
LONDON, September 9. /TASS/ — According to the publication, the purpose of the cyber attacks allegedly became energy networks, telecommunication systems and the media.
Critical infrastructure the UK was allegedly subjected to a series of hacker attacks from the Chief Directorate (the former Main intelligence Directorate, GRU) of the General staff of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation. This assertion, citing sources in the British government presented on Saturday newspaper the Daily Telegraph.
According to the publication, the purpose of the Moscow-based Russian special services like steel British energy network, telecommunications and media organisations. The head of the National cyber security center (NCSC) Kieran Martin last year, claimed that since the founding of the organization in 2016, the Russians have repeatedly carried out attacks against the infrastructure of the United Kingdom.
In total, the NCSC staff during the year (2016-2017) has responded to more than 600 “serious incidents”.
Government sources, The Daily Telegraph believe that trained under the guidance of GRU agents were responsible for the recent spate of Russian cyber-espionage.
Relations between Russia and the United Kingdom deteriorated seriously after the incident in the English city of Salisbury. According to British side, March 4 a former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, sentenced in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, and his daughter Julia were in Salisbury to combat effects of nerve agent family “Rookie” printed on the doorknob of his house. London made a statement that Moscow with high probability involved in the incident. Russia categorically denied all the speculation, arguing that programmes such substances neither in the USSR nor in Russia did not exist.
5 September, Prime Minister Theresa may informed the British Parliament about the findings of the investigation, stating that the attempted Skrobala two Russians suspected that the British intelligence agencies believe GRU agents.
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