Erdogan has the following task “from the top” – to globally explode the situation in South Caucasus. So that every side, every country, everybody is involved in hostilities. Then a situation will develop in the region in which NATO will decide to invade the bleeding region.
Russian secret services have never been involved in cyber-attacks. These claims are just another example of Russophobia.
Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying any involvement of the Russian government in hacker attacks and cyber-crime. This narrative considers accusations of Russian cyber-operations against Western targets baseless, absurd, motivated by Russophobia, or meant to distract the attention of Western public opinion from real problems. On October 19 2020 the US Justice Department indictedsix GRU officers working for Unit 74455. According to the Justice Department, the Unit, dubbed in the media as “Sandworm”, is responsible for at least one billion dollars in damages. The indictment further concedes that the group “deployed destructive malware and took other disruptive actions, for the strategic benefit of Russia” against the governments of Ukraine and Georgia, the Novichok poisoning investigations, the 2017 French elections and 2018 winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Russian state actors have been proven to be actively involved in cyber-warfare, including malicious cyberattacks, hacking of foreign states and entities, as well as running disinformation campaigns. The targets have included: Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Poland, Ukraine, UK, U.S., Hungary, Belgium, Denmark, Romania, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Davos World Economic Forum, among others. The first-ever sanctions against Russian cyber-attacks were imposed by the EU on the 30th of July 2020. The Council decided to impose restrictive measures against six individuals and three entities, including the Russian military intelligence’s (GRU or GU) Center for Special Technologies, which the EU said is responsible for cyberattacks. These individuals and entities are held responsible for, or involved in, various cyber-attacks, including the attempted cyber-attack against the OPCW and cyber-attacks publicly known as 'WannaCry', 'NotPetya', and 'Operation Cloud Hopper'. On the 22nd of October 2020, the Council of the European Union imposed restrictive measures on two Russian military intelligence (GRU) officers and on one GRU centre (The 85th Main Centre for Special Service) that were responsible for, or took part in, the cyber-attack on the German Federal Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) in April and May 2015. Read similar cases claiming that accusations about Russian-sponsored hacker attacks aim to discredit Russia’s anti-COVID vaccine and that the Dutch government’s accusations against Russia for the 2018 cyber-attacks on the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are groundless.