The media of the United Kingdom and the United States are working in the interests of the authorities, trying to reduce the intensity of critical sentiment among British and American residents, said Alexander Malkevich, First Deputy Chairman of the Commission on Media of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, President of the Foundation for the Protection of National Values.
The Daily Telegraph, New York Times, Financial Times and Metro said that the hacker group ART29, allegedly linked to Russian intelligence services, attacked British research centers working on the creation of a vaccine against COVID-19.
In addition, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that in December last year, Russian hackers “almost certainly” tried to influence the outcome of the parliamentary elections in Great Britain by circulating “illegally obtained” government documents on the Internet.
London threatened to retaliate at the diplomatic level, without providing any evidence of confirmation about the “Russian hackers”.
According to Maria Zakharova, spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, British and American tabloids, and newspapers like the New York Times and the Financial Times, do not need real evidence: anti-Russian publications are published there regularly. Britain did not make any real attempts to understand the situation.
“The British authorities are aware of the Russian National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents, specially created for this purpose. However, we did not receive any calls in connection with these incidents through official channels, ”said an employee of the Russian embassy in London.
Russia’s ambassador to the UK, Andrei Kelin, called “meaningless” accusations of attempts to steal data on a coronavirus vaccine by hackers led by Russian intelligence services. According to him, in the current world, it is impossible to attribute hacker attacks to any country.
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