In England, appointed Minister to combat “subversive activities” of Russia


Prime Minister Theresa may has appointed Ben Gummer Minister for counter-insurgency, reports The Times.

Priority for this post will be “protection of the integrity of British democracy.” According to The Times, the UK government is concerned that a hacker attack, the proliferation of “fake news” with the help of Russian information services, such as Sputnik and RT, as well as the financing of Russian political movements and parties can affect the results of the next elections in the country “to destabilize democracy.”

According to The Times, to protect political parties from “Russian intervention” specialists of one of the divisions of the British secret service, the government communications Centre (GCHQ), will hold a series of “technical seminars” for political parties, where they will be taught how to protect computer networks. In addition, the division of Mi-5, the national cyber security centre (NCSC), is also ready to provide political parties with recommendations.

The seminars will be held for the security professionals, not politicians, the newspaper said. They will constitute “an overview of threats, a selection of examples of recent cyberincidents” and “practical recommendations” to reduce the risk and the protection of personal data.

As The Times noted, a new approach to cybersecurity in the UK began to develop after April 2015, the French channel TV5Monde has been carried out hacking. It was initially reported that the TV station was attacked by the Islamist group later, however, Bloomberg reported citing informed sources that this incident — as well as for several other such as hacking of the website of the Warsaw stock exchange, sending virus-infected emails and interference in the operation of the equipment steel mill of ThyssenKrupp in Germany — involved in the group of Russian hackers.

The British foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on air of the TV channel ITV on Sunday, March 12 that the UK has “no evidence that the Russians actually involved in attempts to undermine our democratic processes”, but, in his opinion “there is a lot of evidence that the Russians are capable of it.” Johnson also said that in the past, Russia “used dirty tricks”. As examples of such “tricks” Johnson led the hacking of the French TV channel TV5Monde, e-mail servers of the National Committee of the US democratic party and the coup attempt in Montenegro.

“In a European country attempted coup, and possibly even attempted murder of the leader of this state. Now there is little doubt that these events are the Russian, not to mention what they did in Ukraine,” said Boris Johnson.

In early March, the British foreign Ministry announced the visit of Boris Johnson to Moscow. The exact time of Johnson’s visit has not yet been agreed, however it is expected that it will be held in “coming weeks.” Johnson’s predecessor in office, Philip Hammond, last time I visited Moscow on a working visit in may 2012.

The next parliamentary elections in the UK expected in 2020, every year in the UK local elections.

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