Britain and the United States on Monday condemned what he said were attempts by Russian military intelligence to disrupt next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo with cyberattacks.
In an indictment revealed Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice said six unit members had played a key role in target attacks ranging from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea to the 2017 French election.
British officials said GRU hackers had also conducted «cyber reconnaissance» operations against organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Games, which were originally scheduled for this year but were postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
They declined to give more details about the types of attacks or whether they had succeeded, but said they were targeting Game organizers, logistics providers and sponsors.
«GRU’s actions against the Olympic and Paralympic Games are cynical and reckless. We condemn them as strongly as possible,» said British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich said that «the FBI has repeatedly warned that Russia is a highly capable cyber adversary, and the information revealed in this accusation illustrates how penetrating and destructive Russia’s cyber activities really are.»
Russia was excluded from the world’s major sporting events for four years in December by widespread doping, including the Tokyo Games.
The attacks on the 2020 Games are the latest in a series of hacking attempts against international sports organizations that, according to Western officials and cybersecurity experts, have been orchestrated by Russia since the doping scandal broke out five years ago.
Moscow has repeatedly denied the allegations.