U.S. & U.K. blames Russia for the severe cyberattack on Georgia
The British and American governments announced that the Russian military intelligence service has supported hackers’ large-scale cyber-attacks in Georgia in 2019. It is reported that the attack occurred in October 2019, and a wave of cyberattacks destroyed important websites in Georgia, including the website of the president, the court and local media.
According to a report at the time of the attack, unidentified hackers broke into at least one Georgia web hosting provider and destroyed more than 15,000 websites.
“The GRU’s reckless and brazen campaign of cyber-attacks against Georgia, a sovereign and independent nation, is totally unacceptable,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement. “The Russian government has a clear choice: continue this aggressive pattern of behaviour against other countries, or become a responsible partner which respects international law.”
The suspect of this attack is the APT28 team, which has been active since 2007 and has targeted cyber attacks on governments, military and security agencies around the world. It is understood that the organization also participated in a series of attacks against the 2016 US presidential election. Subsequently, according to a report released by Symantec in October 2018, the organization was actively engaged in cyber espionage against governments and military organizations in Europe and South America, and continued until 2018.