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Russia tried to hack UK media, telecoms, and energy

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The head of the National Cyber Security Centre confirms "Russian interference" in UK media, telecommunication and energy sectors over the last year.

"Russia is seeking to undermine the international system.

LONDON — The head of one of Britain's leading government cybersecurity agencies has confirmed that Russia tried to hack the UK media, telecommunications system, and energy sector in the past year.

Ciaran Martin, the CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), will say at the Times Tech Summit on Wednesday: "I can’t get into precise details of intelligence matters, but I can confirm that Russian interference, seen by the National Cyber Security Centre over the past the year, has included attacks on the UK media, telecommunication and energy sectors."

Martin's comments appear to confirm earlier reports of attempts by Russian hackers to disrupt critical UK infrastructure on the day of the snap election in June.

Data scientists at the University of Swansea and University of California, Berkeley found that over 150,000 accounts based in Russia posted content relating to Brexit in the days leading up to voting day on June 23, 2016.

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