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Nation-state attacks target U.K. officials

Dec. 8th – The United Kingdom has made allegations against Russia’s Security Service regarding a sustained cyber hacking campaign. The campaign is said to have targeted U.K. politicians and other public figures.

“We will continue to work together with our allies to expose Russian covert cyber activity and hold Russia to account for its actions,” said former Prime Minister David Cameron.

The bigger picture

On Thursday, Foreign Office Minister Leo Docherty informed the House of Commons that Russia’s ambassador had been summoned and that two other individuals would see immediate sanctions.

Although the Russian ambassador was unavailable after the summons, U.K. officials met with the Russian Embassy’s deputy head of mission and shared concerns about the alleged cyber attacks.

Nation-state actors

A group linked to the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), called Centre 18, has been targeting the U.K. by stealing information from those in public life. The campaign is believed to have been in operation across the past seven years.

The United States is also expected to announce sanctions against the group.

Nation-state hacking awareness

These revelations and the public announcements are intended to increase cyber security awareness ahead of major elections around the world, next year.

“This group has acquired a vast amount of data” say Western officials. “This information is used to undermine the West in various ways.”

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