In a statement in the House of Commons, Foreign Office Minister Leo Docherty said that the Russian federal security service had been engaged in cyber interference to target British MPs, peers, civil servants, journalists, and other politically connected individuals since 2015. The minister also reported that a Russian group, Star Blizzard, was responsible for the 2018 hack on the Institute for Statecraft. As a result, two individuals have been designated under the cyber sanctions regime.
Following the revelations, Downing Street is facing calls to launch an inquiry by a group of MPs calling for more transparency about Russian hacking. The group, including Labour MP Ben Bradshaw and Green MP Caroline Lucas, said the government should uncover the truth about attempts to meddle in political events, including Brexit and government business.
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