Hunt: Britain Has Helped 16 NATO
Allies Tackle Russia Hacking Attempts
May 23, 2019
Britain has shared information on Russian cyberactivities with 16 NATO
allies, helping them counter malicious threats against their countries
over the past year and a half, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will
announce on May 23.
In a May 23 speech at the NATO Cyber Defense Pledge Conference in
London, Hunt accused Russian intelligence services of mounting a "global
campaign" to "compromise central government networks."
The event was attended by NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, who warned that
the Western military alliance was ready to use all means at its disposal
to respond to cyberattacks.
The remarks by Hunt and Stoltenberg reflect persistent tension between
Russia and the West, where governments have accused Moscow of using
cyberattacks and social-media activity to sow discord abroad and
increase its global clout.
London's relations with Moscow have deteriorated considerably since the
poisoning last year of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the southern
British city of Salisbury.
"I can disclose that in the last 18 months, the National Cyber Security
Center has shared information and assessments with 16 NATO allies -- and
even more nations outside the alliance -- of Russian cyberactivity in
their countries," Hunt told the London gathering, which was also
attended by NATO’s ambassadors.
Britain’s National Cyber Security Center was set up in October 2016.
"Together, we possess options for responding to any attacks. We should
be prepared to use them," the British foreign secretary warned.
Hunt said that attempts to influence elections in the United States and
Ukraine "breach international law -- and justify a proportionate
his speech, Stoltenberg said that NATO was beefing up its resources to
"Hybrid threats, including cyberthreats, need a whole of a government
response," the NATO chief said, adding: “It takes just one ‘click’ to
send a cybervirus spreading across the globe, but it takes a global
effort to stop it from inflicting chaos.”
A meeting of national security advisers from all of NATO's 29 member
states is scheduled at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels next
NATO pledged to build up national cyberdefenses at a summit in Warsaw in
At the same summit, the alliance also agreed that there be an annual
Cyber Defense Pledge Conference.