Comment by the Information and Press Department on the accusations by UK against Russia of staging massive cyber attacks against Ukraine’s cyber infrastructure

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:25

A new era of information warfare against Russia is upon us. It is now alleged that Russia had something to do with the June 2017 cyber attack against Ukraine. The UK Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence have now joined the Western media in spreading these accusations. This time, however, instead of laying the blame on the anonymous and now legendary “Russian hackers,” they went as far as to accuse the Russian government.

In keeping with the tradition adopted by the West in general, London failed to provide any specific facts, preferring to make groundless and exasperating statements and allusions and pretending that everything is clear even without coming up with any evidence.

It is noteworthy that more than a year has passed since the cyber attack mentioned by Great Britain, but it is only now that they chose to voice their concern. It seems that the attempts to ratchet up tension can be explained by the need to justify the adoption by Western countries of laws designed to tighten control over their citizens and restrict fundamental rights and freedoms. They can hardly pull this off without playing the card of the “Russian threat.” Maybe in June 2017 these matters were simply irrelevant.

It is also worth noting that the accusations come from the very country with which Russia proposed holding bilateral interagency consultations on international information security. By facilitating constructive cooperation between relevant agencies, our two countries could work together in order to promptly respond to cybersecurity threats. Our proposal went unanswered.

For more than twenty years now Russia has been promoting a number of specific proposals in the UN and other international platforms to strengthen international information security and deal with the actual, not mythical, malicious activity in the information space.

There are well-known examples of malicious activity of this kind, and they are not linked to Russia. For instance, in 2010 Stuxnet and Flame malware was used to stage a targeted attack against Iran’s strategic facilities, resulting in losses worth billions and striking a heavy blow to the country’s development. It has to be said that the tracks left behind these attacks suggest that the countries that persist with their groundless accusations against Russia are not without a sin. As the saying goes, “liar, liar, pants on fire.”

The same goes for WannaCry ransomware that was developed in the West, as well as the planned campaigns and accusations against Russia in interfering with the preparations to and holding of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, as the Foreign Ministry has already reported.

Despite the never-ending Russophobic campaigning, we would like to remind the international community that Russia remains open to pragmatic cooperation on international information security and call on all the stakeholders to engage in constructive efforts. We strongly believe that the way to peace and security in the global information space lies through dialogue, while the intentions of those making groundless accusatory statements are far from peaceful.

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