UK suspects Russia in the organization of hacker attacks on the mailbox of the former Minister of Commerce of the Kingdom Liam Fox ahead of the elections to the British Parliament in 2019. This writes the Agency Reuters, referring to anonymous sources.
Hackers gained access to the account of Fox by using “phishing” and came in his mail a few times in the period from 12 July to 21 October last year. The attackers stole a six pack of classified documents that describe in detail the trade negotiations between the United Kingdom and the United States. Later, reminds Reuters, the documents were published on Reddit. In July 2020, the leak was confirmed by the Minister of foreign Affairs of Britain Dominic Raab. He said that the publication of the stolen files “was part of the campaign of Moscow to influence the outcome of the General election”.
The British authorities officially refused to comment on the hacker attack, citing an ongoing investigation. The news Agency did not say what the Russian hacker group or organization, could belong to cyber criminals, but stressed that the hack was probably carried out with the support of the state.
Reuters notes that the email hacking of the Fox “is one of the most striking examples of alleged Russian attempts to interfere in British politics.”
Elections to the UK Parliament took place on 12 December 2019. The conservative party headed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson won.
Liam Fox – member of the British Parliament. He held the post of Minister of international trade of the United Kingdom from July 13, 2016 to July 24, 2019, the government’s predecessor Johnson Theresa may.