UK Believes Russia Hackers Targeted UK Telecoms, Media And Energy Network

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UK Believes Russia Hackers Targeted UK Telecoms, Media And Energy Network

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Ciaran Martin, the head of the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), claimed that Russian hackers have targeted the UK energy network, telecoms and the media in the past year.

“I can’t get into precise details of intelligence matter, but I can confirm that Russian interference, seen by the National Cyber Security Centre over the past year, has included attacks on the UK media, telecommunications and energy sectors,” Martin said.

According to Martin, the NCSC is “actively engaging” international partners, industry and civil society to tackle the threat. The threat, as usual, was not specified.

“Russia is seeking to undermine the international system. That much is clear. The PM made the point on Monday night — international order as we know it is in danger of being eroded,” he added.

On Monday, November 13, Prime Minister of the UK Theresa May accused Russia of meddling in elections, hacking Western Governments and pursuing its interests “at any cost” as she warned Vladimir Putin: “We know what you are doing and you will not succeed.” Addressing the Lords Mayor’s Banquet, the Prime Minister warned the UK will work with allies to “take the necessary action” to ensure the state does not succeed in its campaign to “sow discord in the West” and cause a split among NATO allies. She also accused Russia of “weaponising information” and “planting fake stories and photo-shopped images” in an attempt to undermine the West.

Russian Foreign Ministry responded to May’s accusations by saying that they demonstrate a “fundamental lack of comprehension of current processes in the world.”

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov added that these accusations are another step in the ongoing campaign against Russia and the Russian media.

“We have gotten used to the fact that some of our Western partners have nothing to do rather than accusing Russian media of meddling in other states’ affairs and proclaiming it foreign agents,” Lavrov said.

Since the 2016 US Presidential elections, Russian hackers became the ultimate boogeymen, allowing various administrations to lay blame on “Russian interference” for whatever goes wrong, without need for any proof. This sentiment is still actively fanned by the new reports, one of which surfaced on November 2. It claimed that Russian hackers, in addition to allegedly influencing the elections. had a “hitlist” consisting of Ukrainian officers, Russian opposition figures, US defense contractors and thousands of others.

On November 13, Spanish officials stated that they believe Russian-based groups used online social media to heavily promote Catalonia’s independence referendum last month in an attempt to destabilize Spain, with broad claims like “much of this came from Russian territory.” In this particular case state and private-sector Russian groups were accused of using Twitter, Facebook and other Internet sites to massively publicize the separatist cause and swing public opinion behind it before the contentious October 1 Catalan independence referendum.

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  • Barba_Papa

    Still waiting for actual evidence on these accusations. ‘No you have to believe us, because otherwise we would compromise our secret intelligence gathering methods’ is then the reply. Yeah, believing claims made by secret intelligence agencies, we all saw how that worked after the Iraq invasion.

    Show me actual intelligence backed up by actual evidence, or shut the fuck up!

    • FlorianGeyer

      It is oft said that trends in the US arrive in Britain in due course.
      It is now apparent that the cognitive Insanity we see in the US has arrived in Britain :)

      • TiredOfBsToo

        “..cognitive Insanity we see in the US has arrived in Britain”

        Actually, it’s been there for quite some time in the government. Every time the dog’s tail in Israel wags, the US dog obeys and within moments, the British government complies as well. Whether it’s the Israeli dog barking commands for wars in the ME or the Empire dictating to Britain what it should do, obedience is always expected and granted. There are occasions though where Britain has said no, (I think it was more of a mistake in putting it up to a vote in Parliament with an unexpected result) to oust Assad through Iraq style action. In the end, Britain joined the coalition in supporting terrorism in Syria as well as Yemen. The people of the US and Britain are trapped by their governments, which blindly push their populations to more wars; not to mention austerity, not targeting the wealthy and their tax havens, but their respective populations. The censorship and anti-Russian hysteria is prominent in both countries as well.

        I viewed Nigel’s remarks to the EU Parliament regarding Soros and his open bs society. Thank God or whomever for another sane voice in the wilderness.

        • FlorianGeyer

          The ‘insanity’ I referred to is the Russian hacking meme.
          I do though concur with all that you say.

          • TiredOfBsToo

            I know… We’re typically on the same page…. I just get carried away sometimes :-)

        • Brother Ma

          Well said tbs.well said, especially about uk parliament vote outcome being unwelcome and unplanned.

          • TiredOfBsToo

            Thanks.

  • Bob

    It has already been indicated that the CIA created a cyber hacking tool that left an artificial digital signature of Kaspersky Lab – the Russian cyber security tech firm – and that is just what has been publicly disclosed so far.

    • goingbrokes

      Yep, no mention of the said hacking software. It is a digital false flag tool.

  • Rob

    This is so easy method to take out money from UK treasury. The UK politicians are too smart. LOL.

  • Brother Ma

    Putin and the russians also hacked my grandfather and made him fart in the loungeroom last night!