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Russia: Electronic Warfare

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 15th February 2017.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reported remarks of the Secretary of State for Defence on 3 February that Russia had carried out a sustained campaign of cyber attacks against the UK, whether they will publish the evidence supporting that statement; whether they have made formal representations to the government of Russia with a view to ending any such campaign; and if so, with what result.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

In his speech of 2 February 2017 the Secretary of State for Defence (Sir Michael Fallon) spoke about widely reported examples of Russian cyber activity against countries around the world. He acknowledged that the United Kingdom (UK), along with its Allies, is strengthening its capability to resist any form of attack.

The UK will attribute specific cyber incidents privately or publicly when we judge it in the national interest to do so. We currently consider public attribution on a case by case basis.

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