Russia’s military intelligence service eyed British power networks before Salisbury

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The Russian military intelligence service which despatched two agents to launch a chemical attack in Salisbury has already targeted vital infrastructure in the UK, Government sources have revealed.

Moscow’s GRU spy network has carried out a series of attacks on the UK’s energy networks, telecommunication systems and media organisations as part of the Kremlin’s secret cyber war.

Last year, Ciaran Martin, boss of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), revealed that since his organisation was set up in October 2016 it had seen Russia repeatedly target vital British infrastructure as part of its attempts to “undermine the international system”.

Staff at NCSC, part of GCHQ, had responded to more than 600 “significant incidents” in the year since it was established.

Cyber security at British energy sectors – including electricity, gas and water companies – had been tested by Russia as it looked for weakness in their online networks. Although the attempts to fully gain access were not successful, it was feared that agents were harvesting information that could prove invaluable if a concerted effort was made ever to turn the lights out in Britain.

The Telegraph

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