The United Kingdom and the United States are concerned about Russian malign activity, and a cyber attack has been blamed on the Russian intelligence service.
The UK and US have condemned Russia for carrying out the SolarWinds compromise, which is part of a larger trend of Russian intelligence operations against the UK and its allies.
Russia’s history of malign behavior around the world – whether in cyberspace, election meddling, or hostile intelligence operations – shows that Russia remains the most serious threat to the United Kingdom’s national and collective stability.
The United Kingdom says along with its foreign allies, it will continue to protect societies against Russian attempts to destabilize them.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, stated:
“We see what Russia is doing to undermine our democracies. The UK and US are calling out Russia’s malicious behaviour, to enable our international partners and businesses at home to better defend and prepare themselves against this kind of action.
The UK will continue to work with allies to call out Russia’s malign behaviour where we see it.”
For the first time, the UK announces that Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) was behind a series of cyber-attacks, including the SolarWinds hack.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) at GCHQ believes the SVR is most likely to blame for obtaining unauthorised access to SolarWinds “Orion” software and subsequent targeting.
These attacks are part of a larger trend of cyber intrusions by the SVR, which has attempted to gain access to governments across Europe and NATO members in the past.
Since the SolarWinds weakness was discovered, NCSC has been putting in a lot of effort to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. Although the SVR’s exploitation of this program has had a minor effect on the UK, the NCSC has reported a small number of public sector organizations that have been affected by the SolarWinds vulnerability. The government, including the NCSC, has been working hard to ensure that those who have been harmed are quickly compensated.