Russian rampage: First the US and now the UK

After the manipulation of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube by Russian bots during the US election was uncovered, the UK has also revealed startling findings.

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), believes Russia was “seeking to undermine the international system”, targeting the UK’s media, telecommunication and even their power supply during the British election. The NCSC revealed that within a year of its inception it has already identified a total of 590 attacks as being “significant” and that more than 30 events had been judged severe enough to require bi-governmental action.

In an open speech this week UK prime minister Theresa May expressed her understanding that Russia has been utilising social media to meddle with Western democracies, outright accusing Vladimir Putin of “weaponising information” through “a sustained campaign of cyber-espionage and disruption”. May further described attacks on the Danish Ministry of Defense and Germany’s Bundestag among other targets. The Russian Embassy in London stated that the allegations are misleading and inaccurate.

Who is telling the truth?

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This story is taken from the 17 November 2017 edition of The Warren Centre’s Prototype newsletter. Sign up for the Prototype here.