The British National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) announced Wednesday that the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation (GRU) has been behind several high profile cyber-attacks, presstv.ir reported.
The NCSC said with “high confidence” that the GRU was “almost certainly responsible,” citing the 2017 BadRabbit ransomware attack in Europe, the 2016 Democratic National Committee (DNC) hack and a summer 2015 hack of emails from a UK-based TV station.
“The GRU’s actions are reckless and indiscriminate: they try to undermine and interfere in elections in other countries; they are even prepared to damage Russian companies and Russian citizens," British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement. "This pattern of behavior demonstrates their desire to operate without regard to international law or established norms and to do so with a feeling of impunity and without consequences."
Millions of people across several countries have allegedly been impacted by the attacks that have cost national economies millions.
Britain has vowed to retaliate the attacks, although Hunt did not mention exactly how.
Russians have denied any involvement in the attacks.