A Russian security chief pointed out that the U.S. has been accusing Russia of hacking multiple times. However, the official added that the U.S. is the one using cyberspace for its own advantage. This included active surveillance and intelligence purposes.
Russia: US Might Retaliate
Nikolai Patrushev is the head of the Russian Security Council. Patrushev said that the U.S. was trying to control these servers, mostly because it wants to take back its global dominance. In addition, Patrushev stated that such contained few of the recent attempts to harm Russian information systems from abroad.
The security chief stressed out that the Obama administration has been accusing them of hacking without evidence. He alleged, though, that the U.S. intentionally ignored the fact that all big internet servers are located on American territory. He added that Washington used these servers for intelligence purposes.
Patrushev informed that the tactics included hacking attacks and unauthorized gathering of personal data. Furthermore, he stated that these attacks involved the use of global internet operators and providers. These cyberattacks, according to him, are regularly “evolving,” as reported by Reuters.
Russia is thus on the path of creating an international setup based on common regulations. These include responsible behavior in cyberspace that could be implemented equally in every state. In addition, he added that Russia is regularly developing a system for defending cybersecurity threats.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian president, said that they are not accusing U.S. authorities of hacking into Russian government server. However, he added that several hacking attacks were made on the Russian president’s administration website. These, as was alleged, came from U.S. territory. “[The website] is subjected to hacking attacks hundreds and sometimes even thousands of times a day,” Peskov said. “Some hackers attack this site from U.S. territory, from China, India or European countries.”
Russia: US’ Earlier Attempt
In November, the U.S. military reportedly attempted to break into Kremlin servers. They also broke into the commanding systems of some of the nation’s energy supply and telecommunication systems. The U.S. reportedly intimidated Russia, saying it would use a “cyber-weapon” against them if there is another severe hacking attack.
While the U.S. regularly alleged that Russia did hack and interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, investigative findings have been made public. The U.S. intelligence community brought out the report of the investigation on January. It claimed that Russia was, in fact, meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.
However, the report lacked hard evidence. It was mostly analyses given by three agencies: the CIA, FBI and NSA. CIA and FBI considered the report to be of high value, according to RT. “The behavior of Kremlin-loyal political figures, state media, and pro-Kremlin social media actors, all of whom the Kremlin either directly uses to convey messages or who are answerable to the Kremlin,” concluded the report.