Moscow denies accusations of hacker attacks on American departments. This was stated by the Russian ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, reports TASS.
According to him, attempts by the media to accuse the Russian side of cyber attacks are groundless. “Malicious activities in the information sphere are contrary to the principles of Russian foreign policy,” he said during a videoconference hosted by Georgetown University.
Antonov added that Russia had previously suggested that the US administration organize a meeting between intelligence and counterintelligence officers to discuss such issues, and not “communicate through the media.” The ambassador stressed that Moscow is ready to provide a platform for this.
Earlier, the Russian embassy has already called groundless attempts to accuse Moscow of hacker attacks. The diplomatic mission said in a statement that “Russia does not conduct” offensive “operations in a virtual environment.”
As Reuters reported on December 14, Russian hackers allegedly carried out an attack on the US Department of Homeland Security and gained access to internal communications in the department. The attack was part of a campaign that also hacked into the systems of the US Treasury Department and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.