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Russia accuses US of carrying out cyberattacks via Kyiv — RT World News

Increased aggression means there is a coordinated campaign directed against Moscow, Foreign Ministry official says

The number of cyberattacks on Russian network resources has quadrupled in the past year, Deputy Head of the Department for International Information Security at the Foreign Ministry, Vladimir Shin, claims that such attacks are orchestrated by the United States and its allies.

According to the official, who spoke at a meeting of the first committee of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, NATO does not even try to hide its efforts to develop methods of cyber warfare and conducts exercises spouses with representatives of Ukraine, which is not a member of the bloc.

“US Cyber ​​Command Chief Paul Nakasone publicly acknowledges conducting offensive cyber operations against Russia, including, and most importantly, at the hands of the US-created Ukrainian IT Army,” the diplomat said, apparently referring to an interview Nakasone gave to Sky News earlier this year.

He added that the scale of this increased cyberaggression indicates that these attacks are part of a coordinated campaign directed against Moscow, which is orchestrated by Western countries with the participation of the “the hacker community and private companies.”

In his speech at the UN, Shin also accused the West of trying to distract the international community from its “unprecedented magnitude” cyberattacks against Russia and other countries by leveling “unfounded accusations” against Moscow that he is the aggressor. The diplomat, however, said that there is ample documentary evidence proving that systemic cyber aggression is carried out by the special services of the United States and its NATO allies.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernychenko reported to President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that cyberattacks against the country have increased in number and scale. He said that this year, Russian cybersecurity experts repelled around 25,000 attacks on Russian state resources and 1,200 attacks on critical IT infrastructure.

The Washington Post also revealed last month that the United States had developed a network of fake social media accounts to wage psychological and informational warfare and spread pro-Western narratives. The Pentagon’s Centcom unit is said to have deployed hundreds of accounts over the past five years, many of which were part of a recent propaganda blitz that “pushed anti-Russian narratives forward.”

Meanwhile, a separate survey by researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia found that of the 5.2 million tweets related to the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine posted from February 23 to March 8 , up to 80% were spread by fake accounts. and 90% of them were pro-Ukrainian. They noted that the majority of accounts were in English, leading researchers to believe that the purpose of these bots was to “cause more disruption in English-speaking countries” and “influence a variety of user groups.”

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