United Kingdom could launch retaliatory cyberattack on Russian Federation if infrastructure targeted

United Kingdom could launch retaliatory cyberattack on Russian Federation if infrastructure targeted

United Kingdom could launch retaliatory cyberattack on Russian Federation if infrastructure targeted

It followed a series of warnings by Western governments that Moscow is behind a string of cyber attacks.

The alert comes two months after the United States and Britain accused Russian Federation of carrying out the damaging "NotPetya" cyber attack in 2017 that unleashed a virus that crippled parts of Ukraine's infrastructure and damaged computers across the globe.

The Kremlin did not immediately respond to a request for comment late on Monday. But Russia's embassy in London issued a statement citing British accusations of cyber threats from Moscow as "striking examples of a reckless, provocative and unfounded policy against Russia".

American and British officials said the attacks affected a wide range of organizations including internet service providers, private businesses and critical infrastructure providers. They did not identify victims or provide details on the impact of the attacks. Cyber security has become a focal point of the strained relations. Last month the Trump administration blamed Russian Federation for a campaign of cyber attacks that targeted the US power grid.

"This is yet another example of Russia's disregard for worldwide norms and global order - this time through a campaign of cyber espionage and aggression, which attempts to disrupt governments and destabilize business", a British government spokesman said in London.

The National Cyber Security Centre, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department for Homeland Security in the USA have warned that this "threatens our respective safety, security and economic well-being".

Britain and the United States said they issued the new alert to help targets protect themselves and persuade victims to share information with government investigators so they can better understand the threat.

The U.S. accused Russia Monday of blocking global inspectors from reaching the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said Russians or Syrians may have tampered with evidence on the ground.

Shortly after the announcement, the White House said Joyce would leave his post and return to the U.S. National Security Agency.

In an extraordinary joint statement, authorities in the USA and the United Kingdom revealed that Russian Federation has been probing the cyber-defences to identify vulnerabilities that will "lay a foundation for future offensive operations". On Thursday, a British spy chief said that his GCHQ agency would "continue to expose Russia's unacceptable cyber behaviour", adding there would be increasing demand for its cyber expertise.

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