Russian official Leonid Slutsky has denied allegations that Russian intelligence services planned cyberattacks to disrupt the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games.
Slutsky, chairman of the Russian State Duma committee on foreign affairs, described the allegations made by British and US officials as an attempt to discredit Russia and undermine its international reputation.
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“This is crazy, this is pure nonsense. Such statements are ‘cynical and inconsiderate’, not Russia’s actions,” Slutsky was quoted by TASS as saying. “New allegations are another step to discredit Russia in the spirit of Goebbels’ propaganda: if you tell a lie big enough and repeat it over and over, people will eventually believe. That’s what they count on,” he added .
On Monday, the UK’s National Cyber Security Center accused Russia of planning cyber attacks against the organizers, sponsors and logistics providers of the Tokyo Games.
The alleged attacks, which British officials claim were carried out by the Russian secret service GRU, began last September before the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced that it would ban Russia from all international sporting events, including the Olympic Games .
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According to the US and UK authorities, the GRU was also responsible for meddling in the 2016 US presidential campaign, hacking and losing emails from people involved in Emmanuel Macron’s 2017 campaign for the French president .
“No country has armed its cyber capabilities as maliciously or irresponsibly as Russia,” said Assistant Attorney General John Demers, calling it “the most disruptive and destructive series of computer attacks ever attributed to any group.”
The Tokyo Games Organizing Committee said the alleged attacks on its services “have not seen any significant impact”.
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“Tokyo 2020 sees cybersecurity as an important aspect of hosting the Games, and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee has taken a number of steps and made thorough preparations,” a statement said in a statement.
“While we are unable to disclose details of the countermeasures due to the nature of the issue, we will continue to work closely with the relevant organizations and authorities to ensure that they are properly implemented.”