Russia’s military intelligence service has led a campaign of “indiscriminate and reckless cyber attacks targeting political institutions, businesses, media and sport,” the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre said in a statement, writes Bloomberg.
Under names including Fancy Bear, Pawnstorm and Tsar Team, the agency known as the GRU was “almost certainly responsible” for a number of serious attacks on countries including the U.S., the U.K. and Russia itself, the NCSC said. Among them was the hacking of the Democratic National Committee in 2016. The NCSC said the Kremlin was ultimately responsible for the attacks, which also included the 2017 hacking of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which led to the release of athletes’ medical records. In another incident that same year, BadRabbit ransomware disrupted the Kyiv metro, Odesa airport, Russia’s central bank and two Russian media outlets, according to the statement.