Russia has always been ready for massive cyberattacks
Russia has always been ready for massive cyberattacks and continues to strengthen its information security, Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said in an interview with TASS.
“The effectiveness of the malicious computer activity carried out from Ukrainian territory against Russia clearly does not meet the expectations of Western curators. We were ready for massive attacks,” he said.
The diplomat stressed that the Russian authorities “pay considerable attention to strengthening information security.”
“A set of appropriate administrative and technical measures is being taken at the state level. Protection systems are constantly being improved,” he stressed.
Syromolotov recalled that just the other day it became public that Kiev had joined the NATO cyber defense center in Tallinn.
NATO ‘simulates’ cyberattacks on Kaliningrad, Moscow facilities — Russian Foreign Ministry
The UK is systematically targeting Russia with their offensive capabilities in the information sphere, Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said.
Cyberattacks on state institutions in the Kaliningrad region and Moscow’s energy infrastructure are simulated during NATO exercises that the UK conducts on a regular basis, Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov said in an interview with TASS.
“The UK is systematically targeting Russia with their offensive capabilities in the information sphere. Exercises are held on a regular basis, including under the auspices of NATO, to model attacks using information and communication technologies on Russian vital information infrastructure facilities. In particular, attacks on state institutions in the Kaliningrad region and the energy system of Moscow are simulated,” he said.
Commenting on The Times reports about UK national cybersecurity forces purposefully recruiting IT specialists who speak Russian, Syromolotov noted there is “nothing surprising” in these attempts.
Furthermore, he claimed that London is methodically promoting Russophobia on the Internet in order to change facts about Russia’s foreign policy in the Western information sphere. Syromolotov further stated that the UK heavily encourages Ukrainian hackers’ anti-Russian activity.
“There have recently been media reports of a cyberattack on the UK’’s postal service. Without waiting for the investigation’s findings, UK journalists linked it to Russia. A few days later, London and Kiev held talks on cyberspace. The IT Army of Ukraine then made a statement about their plans to attack Russian Post. Of course, it’s sad to witness such mummery, meant, according to its directors, to justify the impending sabotage,” the diplomat added.