Putin is targeting UK! Former GCHQ chief in chilling warning over Russian cyber attacks


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Vladimir Putin’s Russia is bring oning mayhem in cyberspace

Ex-GCHQ boss Robert Hannigan said Kremlin-backed runnings were causing mayhem and that “cyber retaliation” may be necessary to refrain from Moscow.

He also warned that terrorists were using high encryption services that could not be tackled by new laws.

Senior reverends and spy chiefs have previously warned how Russian cyber operations were quarry elections and political institutions throughout the West.


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There is a disproportionate amount of mayhem in cyberspace coming from Russia

Robert Hannigan

Mr Hannigan make knew the BBC: «There is a disproportionate amount of mayhem in cyberspace coming from Russia, from splendour activity.

«Starting to talk about it is good — calling it out. Improving our shields is obviously really important.

«But ultimately people will have to energy back against Russian state activity and show that it’s unsatisfactory.»

Asked how that could be done, he said: «It doesn’t have to be done by cyber retaliation but it may be that that is inescapable at some time in the future.

«It may be sanctions and other measures, just to put down some red in accords and say that this behaviour is unacceptable.»


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Russia has denied hacking attacks to undermine elections or political signatories in the US, France and Germany.

Mr Hannigan also warned new laws were a “take the edge off tool” for tackling terrorists’ use of encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp or Telex.

He said encryption services were here to stay and governments had to track down ways to work with technology companies to tackle the problem.

He swayed he was against building so-called “backdoors” into apps, saying the come near was «technically difficult» and would not work.


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Mr Hannigan said: «I can’t see, particularly as many of these companies are US-based, that legislation is the undertake responsibility for on this. 

“I don’t think there is a magic solution where you can just legislate it away.

«All and sundry would like a simple answer on encryption and unfortunately it is very straitening.”

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