Russia dismisses hacking reports as “unsavoury”

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Moscow dismissed media reports that Russian hackers piggybacked on an Iranian cyber-espionage operation to attack government and industry organisations in dozens of countries as an “unsavoury” interpretation of a security report.

British security officials said the Russian group, known as “Turla” and accused by Estonian and Czech authorities of operating on behalf of Russia’s FSB security service, used Iranian tools and computer infrastructure to successfully hack organisations in at least 20 countries over the last 18 months.

“These publications are an unsavoury interpretation of a concise report of the British National Cyber Security Centre and the American National Security Agency,” a spokesman for the Russian embassy in the UK said on the mission’s website, referring to the media reports.

“The security services are not putting forward any accusations against Russia and Russian citizens.”

The spokesman said reports that the hacker used Iranian infrastructure was an attempt to “drive a wedge” between Russia and Iran.

Moscow and Tehran have repeatedly denied Western hacking allegations.