United Kingdom to Russian Federation on alleged cyber campaign: 'You will not succeed'

Великобритания готовится к российской кибератаке

Великобритания готовится к российской кибератаке

The alleged intentions of the mass hackings were to "support espionage", extract information and intellectual property from affected systems and maintain persistent access to "victim networks", according to British authorities.

The foreign ministry cyber attack apparently took place in February, and German government officials called it at the time an "isolated" cyber attack on the government computer network that was first discovered in December.

The Kremlin did not immediately respond to a request for comment late on Monday. "We consider these accusations and speculations as striking examples of a reckless, provocative and unfounded policy against Russia", according to an email sent to Forbes from the Russian embassy in London.

Russian Federation has not responded to the accusations, but regularly denies any role in state-sponsored hacking.

"Only one in eight focused cyber attacks are getting through versus one in three a year ago, indicating that organisations are doing a better job of preventing data from being hacked, stolen or leaked", said Kelly Bissell, managing director of Accenture Security.

British and U.S. intelligence services released a joint statement on Monday evening saying the main targets included "government and private-sector organisations", as well as providers of "critical infrastructure" and internet service providers.

"While the findings of this study demonstrate that organisations are performing better at mitigating the impact of cyber attacks, they still have more work to do", he said.

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Russia has heavily criticized the US, UK and France for launching airstrikes against Russia-ally Syria, while Washington and London have accused Moscow of responsibility for a nerve-agent attack against a former Russian double agent in southern England.

The government assessed that cyber actors supported by the Russian government carried out this worldwide campaign.

U.S. and United Kingdom officials have 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.

Jeanette Manfra, National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications said: "Russian government activities continue to threaten our respective safety, security, and the very integrity of our cyber ecosystem".

The "attack surface" for organisations is growing "exponentially" through the increasing use of IoT, mobile and BYOD computing, and digital supply chains - all of which provide hackers with a myriad of new entry points to make their assaults, says Matt Walmsley, director for EMEA at cyber security firm Vectra.

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