Boris Johnson: Russia has ability to disrupt UK politics with hacking

Foreign secretary accuses Russia of ‘dirty tricks’ as GCHQ is reported to have written to parties with advice on cyber-attacks

The foreign secretary has said there is “plenty of evidence” that Russia has the ability to disrupt British politics with cyber-attacks following reports that intelligence officials are to brief political parties on how to defend against hacking from Moscow.

Boris Johnson, due to meet his Russian counterpart in the coming weeks, said there was no doubt Moscow had been up to “all sorts of dirty tricks” in relation to political interference.

Johnson accused Moscow of bringing down French TV stations, hacking the US Democratic National Convention, and suggested it might have engineered an attempted assassination of Montenegro’s prime minister.
The former London mayor’s comments follow a Sunday Times report that said GCHQ had written to Britain’s major political parties with advice on how to block hacking.

Security sources say GCHQ regards protecting the political system from foreign hackers as “priority work”, according to the paper.

Speaking to Peston on Sunday, Johnson said: “We have no evidence the Russians are actually involved in trying to undermine our democratic processes at the moment. We don’t actually have that evidence. But what we do have is plenty of evidence that the Russians are capable of doing that.”

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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