US State Department phones hacked with Israeli spyware: sources

Russia dismisses hacking allegations as ‘Russophobia’


Moscow: The Kremlin on Tuesday denied the United States’ claims that Russian military intelligence was behind the cyber attacks on the Ukrainian power grid, the 2017 French elections and the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Vladimir Putin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov described the US accusations against six Russian intelligence agents as “rampant Russia phobia, which has nothing to do with reality. “.

The US Justice Department, which announced the charges against the GRU agents Monday, also said Russian intelligence was behind the “NotPetya” malware attack that infected computers of businesses worldwide, causing nearly $1 billion in losses to three US companies alone.

At the same time, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused the Russian military intelligence services of conducting Internet reconnaissance missions for targets related to the Tokyo Olympics, and then postponed them until 2021 by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Russian Federation, Russian security services have never undertaken any hacker attacks, especially in connection with the Olympics,” Peskov told reporters. 

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