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US blames Russia for ‘malicious’ Europe cyberattacks

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The US State Department on Friday pointed the finger at Russia for a series of “malicious” cyberattacks against European countries including Germany and the Czech Republic.

“The United States strongly condemns the malicious cyber activity by Russia’s General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), also known as APT28, against Germany, Czechia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Sweden,” spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement.

“APT28, also known as Fancy Bear, Strontium, and Forest Blizzard, is a well-known threat actor with a long history of engaging in malicious, nefarious, destabilizing and disruptive behavior,” he continued.

In particular, he said the United States has linked the group to interference in the 2016 elections that first brought Republican Donald Trump to power, and to operations targeting the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Miller said that Washington has worked with Germany to “to remediate a network of hundreds of small office/home office routers that APT28 was using to conceal and carry out malicious activity.”

He spoke after Germany and the Czech Republic blamed Russia for the series of recent attacks, prompting the European Union to warn Moscow of consequences over its “malicious behaviour in cyberspace.”


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