Most options available to us would risk escalating tension into confrontation. Instead, we stick to the international rulebook
The British government has directly accused the Kremlin of responsibility for a series of cyber-attacks on British, American and Ukrainian targets between 2015 and 2017. These include the World Anti-Doping Agency and the US Democratic National Committee in 2016.
The task of revealing cyber-attackers’ identities has in the past been delegated to junior ministers. Not this time. Instead, the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, condemned Russia’s actions as “reckless and indiscriminate” and affirmed the government’s confidence in its assessment of Russia’s culpability.
The UK and its allies are increasingly open about their possession of offensive cyber capabilities and their willingness to use them