According to the foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, the UK Government has provided to 16 NATO allies evidence of cyber attacks carried out by Russia against their countries over the last 18 months.
Hunt explained that Russia’s intelligence apparatus is carrying out a “global campaign” targeting critical infrastructure. The foreign minister will formally accuse Russia of these cyber campaigns during a speech at the NATO Cyber Defence Pledge Conference in London, in presence of NATO’s head Jens Stoltenberg.
“This global campaign also seeks to compromise central government networks,” reads an excerpt from the speech released by the Hunt’s department.
“I can disclose that in the last 18 months, the National Cyber Security Centre has shared information and assessments with 16 NATO Allies –- and even more nations outside the Alliance — of Russian cyber activity in their countries.”
The campaigns “breach international law — and justify a proportionate response.”
“Together, we possess options for responding to any attacks. We should be prepared to use them.”
The tension between Russia and the UK has deteriorated due to the activity of Russian intelligence in the country, one of the most clamorous debated operations is the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal on British soil.