The United Kingdom has accused Thursday the intelligence services of the Russian of being behind the attacks carried out by hackers to steal research on a vaccine against the new coronavirus, an accusation strongly denied by the Kremlin.
This accusation occurs in a dark sky between London and Moscow, where flat already the shadow of suspicion of interference of russia in the campaigns of legislative british of December last – that have seen triumph of the conservatives of Prime minister Boris Johnson – and a referendum in 2016 that led to the Brexit.
Deeming it ” totally unacceptable that the intelligence services of the Russian target those who are working in the fight against the pandemic of sars coronavirus “, the british foreign minister Dominic Raab has warned that those who conduct such attacks must sooner or later ” accountable “.
“While some are running recklessly after their selfish interests, the United Kingdom and its allies continue their hard work to find a vaccine and protect the health of the world”, ” he protested in a press release.
According to the government agency british in charge of cyber security, a group of Russian hackers has taken organizations in british, canadian and american to steal their research in the development of a vaccine for the SARS-CoV2.
“The threat group, known under the name of APT29” or “Dukes” or ” Cozy Bear “, “operates almost certainly be in the framework of the intelligence services of the Russian,” said in a statement the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), adding that his counterparts, canadians and americans had come to the same conclusion.
“We reject these accusations as the new baseless allegations about interference in the elections in 2019 “, said Dmitri Peskov, the spokesman of the Russian presidency, quoted by the news agency, State-Tass.
The british government has also stated on Thursday that he was “almost certain” that “Russian actors” had tried to disrupt the legislative elections of 12 December last circulating during the campaign documents on a possible trade agreement between London and Washington after the Brexit.
An investigation was then launched to try to identify the source of the leak of these documents, which were published on the social network Reddit.
“On the basis of a comprehensive analysis, the government has concluded that it is almost certain that the Russian actors have sought to interfere in the legislative elections of 2019 in boosting online dissemination of government documents obtained in an illicit way “, said the minister of foreign Affairs Dominic Raab in a written statement to Parliament.
During the campaign, the leader of the opposition labour party Jeremy Corbyn – who had to quit as head of the Labour after its debacle – had put up 450 pages of documents that proved to him that the government wanted to “sell” to the Americans the british health system (NHS), one of the key issues of the election.
Considering that the “leak” was part of a campaign identified as coming from Russia, ” the social network Reddit had closed 61 accounts of the suspects. Jeremy Corbyn was called “conspiracy theory” claims on the Russian origin of the leak of these documents.
The United Kingdom also expected in the next few days the publication of a report critical of other possible interference russians, including on the referendum campaign of 2016, which led to the Brexit.
The relations between London and Moscow are at their lowest since the poisoning on british soil of the former Russian agent Sergei Skripal, in the city of Salisbury (south-west).
Russia had denied any involvement, but the case had resulted in a wave of evictions cross of diplomats between London and its allies, and Moscow. The two countries had resumed in February 2019 the dialogue broke up 11 months earlier.