Russian Federation blamed after cyber attacks hit up to 400 Australian businesses

17 April, 2018, 16:31 | Author: Wade Massey
  • A Russian flag is seen on the laptop screen in front of a computer screen on which cyber code is displayed in this illustration

The segment aired just before the US, UK, and France unleashed military strikes in response to allegations of chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government in the Syrian town of Douma over the weekend.

The alert is not related to the suspected chemical weapons attack in a town in Syria that prompted a USA -led military strike over the weekend targeting facilities of the Russian-backed Syrian government, Joyce said.

The Pentagon reports that all objectives were accomplished in the attack, all designated targets were hit, and none of the aircraft or missiles involved in the strike were successfully engaged by Syrian or Russian air defenses.

Channels of communication between Russia and the US allowing for a better understanding of what is going on are still open, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Sunday. It is our understanding the Russians may have visited the attack site.

"The secretary-general wants to see the fact-finding mission have access to all the sites it needs to have access to, so that we can have the most thorough and full picture of the facts", Dujarric said.

They asked victims to report any infections so they could better understand the impact of the campaign.

According to Hamilton 68, a website set up by researchers working with the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a transatlantic project set up to counter Russian disinformation campaigns - Syria is the leading hashtag on social media accounts identified as part of Russia-linked influence networks.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in a conference call that London and Washington had not presented any evidence. "Therefore allegations of this towards Russian Federation are groundless", Peskov said.

"Any escalation in Syria may also instigate unrest elsewhere in the region, either against the United States or its allies, raising the threat to the delivery of energy supplies", analysts at Barclays Capital warned in a research note published before the missile attacks.

Analysts have speculated Russian Federation may use cyber attacks to retaliate over recent Western airstrikes on Moscow's ally Syria.

He denied any chemical weapons attack had occurred, accusing Britain of staging the attack. So-called Islamic State do not have a presence in Douma and the opposition does not use helicopters, she said.

The organisation, which needs a two-thirds majority to take decisions, has been undermined by political divisions over the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.

Less than a week after pro-Bashar al-Assad forces killed over 70 people in an alleged chemical weapons attack, President Donald Trump authorized a series of "precision" missile strikes against the country's chemical weapons manufacturing facilities.

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