News ID: 272270
Published: 0220 GMT July 31, 2020

Russia pledges reciprocal steps after EU sanctions for alleged cyber attacks

Russia pledges reciprocal steps after EU sanctions for alleged cyber attacks
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A Russian flag is seen on the laptop screen in front of a computer screen on which cyber code is displayed, in this illustration picture.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday it would respond with reciprocal measures to European Union travel and financial sanctions against a department of Russia’s military intelligence service for alleged cyber attacks.

“Of course this unfriendly action by the EU will not be left unanswered,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that the sanctions were politically-motivated. “In diplomacy everything is reciprocal,”Reuters reported.

In its first ever sanctions related to cybercrime, the EU on Thursday targeted the department for special technologies of the Russian military intelligence service, known as Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

It accused the Russian service of having carried out two cyber attacks in June 2017, which hit several companies in Europe resulting in large financial losses. The service is also accused of two cyber attacks against Ukraine’s power grid in 2015 and 2016.

Four individuals working for the Russian military intelligence service were also sanctioned for allegedly participating in an attempted cyber attack against the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the Netherlands in April 2018.

The EU also imposed travel and financial sanctions on firms from North Korea and China over their alleged participation in major cyber attacks across the world.

North Korea has denied any involvement in cyber attacks.

China’s diplomatic mission to the European Union said in a statement early on Friday that China “is a staunch defender of network security and one of the biggest victims of hacker attacks.”

China wants global cyberspace security to be maintained through “dialogue and cooperation” and not by unilateral sanctions, the statement added.

 

   
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