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The EU yesterday denounced Russia’s “unacceptable” cyber espionage activities against European politicians, and is considering measures to sanction them. “Some EU member states have observed malicious cyber activity, collectively referred to as the Ghostwriter, and associated them with the Russian state,” EU foreign minister Josep Borrell said in a statement released on behalf of of 27 EU Member States. “These activities are unacceptable, because they seek to threaten our integrity and our security, the democratic values and principles and the fundamental functioning of our democracies (…) in particular by allowing disinformation and the manipulation of information”, a he warned.
The attacks targeted parliamentarians, civil servants, politicians, journalists and members of civil society by accessing computer systems, personal accounts and stealing data. In particular, the German government accused the Russian secret services of carrying out “phishing” attacks targeting German parliamentarians and denounced attempts to influence the country’s parliamentary elections, scheduled for Sunday.
The German justice has opened an investigation “on a suspicion of activity of foreign intelligence services”.
“We urge the Russian Federation to join to the standards of responsible behavior of States in cyberspace. The EU will come back to this question at the next meetings and will consider taking new measures “, insisted Josep Borrell.