June 22, 2021

Foreign Secretary Warns Russia Ransomware

Dominic Raab warns Russia it cannot continue to shelter criminal gangs carrying out ransomware attacks on Western nations

The British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab had a blunt message for Russia on Wednesday when he gave a speech at the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) CYBERUK conference.

The Foreign Secretary began his speech pointing out that it was four years ago today when NHS computers (and indeed computers around the world) were hit with the WannaCry ransomware.

Raab pointed out that if an attacker had actually carried out a physical attack like this in person, there would have been outrage. But because it took place in the online world, reaction was different.

UK cyber credentials

Raab cited Harvard’s Belfer Centre, as saying that the UK is already a top-3 global cyber power, alongside the United States and China, after the UK spent years building up its cyber…

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