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British spies ‘launch cyber attacks against Vladimir Putin’s cronies’

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BRITISH spooks have launched cyber attacks against Vladimir Putin’s cronies, it’s been claimed.

Lord Sedwill suggested the “series of discreet measures” were aimed at hitting them where it hurts­— in their wallets.

The former top civil servant, national security adviser until he stepped down last month, said he could not reveal the extent of the actions “because they are covert”.

But he said Britain’s cyber arsenal had been deployed to strike Russian “vulnerabilities”, including illicit cash trails.

He said: “The fact you don’t see that we use it doesn’t mean we don’t.

“Russia is operating in what the aficionados call grey space, that gap between normal state relations and armed conflict, with cyberattacks, information warfare and disruption campaigns.

“It is important that we are capable of manoeuvring in the grey space and doing it effectively.

“There are some vulnerabilities that we can exploit too.

“We just don’t always talk about those.”

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