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GCHQ Warns on Russia's Cyber Threat via Proxy Groups

GCHQ head says the relationship between the Kremlin and proxy groups is changing.


British Intelligence officials are “increasingly concerned about growing links between the Russian intelligence services and proxy groups to conduct cyber-attacks.”

Speaking at the NCSC CyberUK conference in Birmingham, Anne Keast-Butler, director of signals and cyber intelligence at GCHQ, warned that Russia’s partnership with criminal groups was also contributing to “suspected physical surveillance and sabotage operations.”

According to the Record, Keast-Butler said the relationship between the Kremlin and these proxies was changing, saying that previously Russia created the right environments for these groups to operate, “but now they are nurturing and inspiring these non-state cyber operations.”

“The Russia threat is acute and globally pervasive. It requires constant vigilance and collaboration to defeat it. We can see that Putin has not given up his maximalist goal of subjugating the population of Ukraine,” said the GCHQ director.


Dan Raywood Senior Editor SC Media UK

Dan Raywood is a seasoned B2B journalist with over 20 years of experience, specializing in cybersecurity for the past 15 years. He has extensively covered topics from Advanced Persistent Threats and nation-state hackers to major data breaches and regulatory changes. Outside work, Dan enjoys supporting Tottenham Hotspur, managing mischievous cats, and sampling craft beers.

Dan Raywood Senior Editor SC Media UK

Dan Raywood is a seasoned B2B journalist with over 20 years of experience, specializing in cybersecurity for the past 15 years. He has extensively covered topics from Advanced Persistent Threats and nation-state hackers to major data breaches and regulatory changes. Outside work, Dan enjoys supporting Tottenham Hotspur, managing mischievous cats, and sampling craft beers.

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