GCHQ CEO Jeremy Fleming
After six months of intrusion, the Kremlin has failed to make any notable advances in cyberspace, says GCHQ chief Jeremy Fleming.
Russia is losing the information war in Ukraine and Western countries. This was stated by the head of the UK Government Communications Center (GCHQ) Jeremy Fleming in an article. The Economist.
He noted that, as in the case of the ground invasion, Russia’s initial “online plans” did not materialize.
“The country’s use of offensive cyber tools was irresponsible and indiscriminate. Their information operations were clumsy … And the attempts of the Russian military to destroy Ukraine’s digital infrastructure and sow discord through cyber capabilities ran into a persistent, professional and effective Ukrainian cyber defense,” Fleming stressed.
Internet disinformation has quickly become an important part of Russia’s campaign “to create confusion and chaos in Ukraine and beyond,” he said.
“Russia has already used this scenario before, including in Syria and the Balkans. It is aimed at sowing distrust of information sources, distorting Ukraine’s actions and spreading false narratives about the reasons for Russia’s actions,” the head of the intelligence service said and added that Western intelligence “shed light on the approach of the Russian state.”
“So far, President (RF Vladimir) Putin is completely losing the information war in Ukraine and the West. While this is a reason to celebrate, we should not underestimate how Russian disinformation is operating in other parts of the world,” Fleming said.
He drew attention to the fact that the Russian Federation is trying to coordinate and coordinate cyber capabilities with the conduct of hostilities.
“To date, this hybrid intent has not been successful; the impact has been less than we (and they) expected. This is partly due to the fact that Ukraine has proven itself to be an extremely effective cyber defender,” the head of GCHQ summed up.
GCHQ is a British intelligence agency responsible for conducting electronic intelligence and ensuring the protection of information from government and army agencies.