U.S. and UK Warn of Cybersecurity Threat From Russia

Nellie Chapman
April 17, 2018

"Those three countries - the US, Britain and France - if they think they can attack us and attack our sovereignty, at the time, we would have no other choice except applying Article 51 of the charter that gives us the right to defend ourselves, the legitimate right to defend ourselves", Jaafari said. This is the second time that the United States has waded into Syria in seven-year conflict.

Despite the Kremlin's stern words, few expect Russian Federation to seek confrontation in Syria. "Get ready Russian Federation, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!'", Trump wrote in a post on Twitter.

The US administration is in turmoil, with vacancies or very new appointees in major national security positions and policy declared by Trump tweets sent in reaction to cable news segments. Last month the Trump administration blamed Russian Federation for a campaign of cyber attacks stretching back at least two years that targeted the US power grid.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said any USA missile salvo could be an attempt to destroy evidence of the reported gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma, for which Damascus and Moscow have denied any responsibility. The government, however, said evacuations from Douma were continuing and no Syrian government forces had entered the town.

"It is long overdue that this council condemns the Syrian government for its reign of chemical terror and demands global accountability for those responsible for these heinous acts", Mr Ward said in comments obtained by Reuters.

After the Douma attack, the insurgent group dug in there, Jaish al-Islam, finally agreed to withdraw.

Douma and the sprawling eastern Ghouta region near the capital, Damascus, had been under rebel control since 2012 and was a thorn in the side of Assad's government, threatening his seat of power with missiles and potential advances for years.

White House officials did not immediately reply to a Reuters request for more detail about Trump's remarks.

Why is the West considering military action?

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But a strike still seems more than likely after United Nations talks failed.

"Right-wing media outlets and Trump supporters like Mike Cernovich also promoted the "#SyriaHoax" conspiracy theory previous year on social media - a disinformation campaign that was traced directly to a pro-Assad Russian propaganda outlet. In response, Nikki Haley accused Russian Federation of supporting Assad's chemical attacks, urging the United Nations to carry out a thorough investigation into the attacks, a call supported by representatives from France and the UK.

According to Syrian medics and a statement by the World Health Organisation, more than 40 people died in an April 7 strike on the former rebel outpost of Douma of symptoms consistent with the use of chemical weapons.

Syria has continued to deny any chemical weapons were used.

The OPCW inspectors will not assign blame for attacks. We heard in the video address by Ambassador Jon Huntsman here in Moscow - he said that, in fact, the USA had communicated with Russia to reduce the danger of any Russian or civilian casualties.

Zasypkin also said that any hostilities with Washington should be avoided and Moscow was ready for negotiations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of Britain's National Cyber Security Center, said Russian Federation had targeted "millions" of devices in both countries, often seeking to hack into individual homes or small businesses or to control their routers.

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