Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

GCSB: Malicious cyber activity attributed to Russia

Malicious cyber activity attributed to Russia

The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) has established clear links between the Russian government and a campaign of malicious cyber activity targeting overseas political institutions, businesses, media and sporting organisations.

“The GCSB has worked through a robust attribution process which strongly links four international malicious cyber incidents since 2015 to the Russian government,” Director-General Andrew Hampton said.

"The nature of these campaigns is complex. The GCSB’s assessment found it was highly likely the Russian military General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) was behind the campaigns and that a number of cyber proxy groups associated with these incidents are actors of the Russian state.

“Our process considered material from our partners and our own cyber threat analysis.”

The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre has today announced it assesses the GRU is behind this activity. This analysis is consistent with the GCSB’s.

“These malicious cyber activities serve no legitimate national security interest. They were designed to negatively impact on the ability of people around the world to go about their daily lives free from interference,” Mr Hampton said.

“Such behaviour is unacceptable – it is counter to New Zealand’s vision for an open, safe and secure cyberspace.

“New Zealand organisations were not directly affected by these malicious cyber activities. We are, however, seeing a range of activity in New Zealand that contains indicators which can be linked to Russian state actors.

“These incidents reinforce the need for New Zealand to have robust national systems to address cyber threats. Initiatives such as the GCSB’s CORTEX cyber defence capabilities and the proposed expansion of the Malware-Free Networks programme help protect our nationally significant organisations.”

The Government is taking a fresh look at the current Cyber Security Strategy to ensure New Zealand is equipped to handle increasing cyber security threats.

Further information about CORTEX or the expansion of the Malware-Free Networks can be found on the GCSB’s website. Further information about the refresh of the Cyber Security Strategy can be found on the Connect Smart website.


Notes to Editors

A GCSB assessment relates to the below malicious cyber activity:
October 2017 The malware known as BadRabbit was distributed, affecting users in Ukraine and Russia.
August 2016 Confidential medical files relating to a number of international athletes were released online. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) stated publicly that this data came from a hack of its Anti-Doping Administration and Management system.
June 2016 The US Democratic National Committee (DNC) was hacked and documents were subsequently published online in an unauthorised disclosure.
July 2015 Multiple email accounts belonging to a small UK-based TV station were accessed and content stolen.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Whakaari / White Island Eruption: Body recovery operation

The NZ Defence Force recovered the bodies of six people who tragically died in Monday’s eruption on Whakaari/White Island and will support efforts to recover the bodies of two others in the hope there is resolution for those families. .. More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Welfare Vs Infrastructure Spending

If New Zealand has a pressing need to stimulate its flagging economy, it seems very weird that the government is choosing a $12 billion package of infrastructure spending – mainly on road and rail – that by definition, will take a very long time to deliver their stimulatory benefits ... More>>

New Reports: "Immediate Commitment To Doing Justice Differently"

Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and Te Tangi o te Manawanui: Recommendations for Reform from the Chief Victims Advisor. Both recommend a fresh approach to the way criminal justice has been approached... More>>

ALSO:

"Heart-Breaking And Confronting": Surgical Mesh Restorative Justice Report

Minister Genter: “People have talked about losing the life they had enjoyed before surgical mesh harmed them – the loss of a steady job, the ability to exercise, a loving relationship in some cases. Others described the chronic pain they experienced..." More>>

ALSO:

Law Foundation: Government Decryption Powers Must Respect Privacy

The power of government to order users and companies to decrypt encrypted data and devices needs stronger privacy protections and additional safeguards, according to a study published by researchers at the University of Waikato. More>>

Latest 'Discussion Doc': National On Healthcare

National has today released our eighth Discussion Document which focusses on health and outlines a range of policies which will enable more Kiwis to access high-quality healthcare, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Select Committee Report: Combatting Foreign Election Interference

MPs have finally delivered their recommendations to combat foreign interference in elections in a long awaited and much delayed report. More>>

Mosque Attacks: Names Of Arresting Officers Released

Police are now in the position to name the two officers involved in the arrest of the alleged gunman responsible for the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques on March 15. More>>

Big, Bold, Permanent Change Needed: Children's Commissioner On 2019 Child Poverty Monitor

“I want to see family incomes dramatically raised by increasing benefits and making the minimum wage a living wage. And the Government needs to move much faster at increasing the supply of social housing..." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels