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North Atlantic Council Statements on Cyber and Hybrid

Control centre during a (simulated) critical attack [© Bob Morrison]

Statement by the North Atlantic Council on malicious cyber activities against Germany and Czechia and on recent Russian hybrid activities.

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Brussels, 03 May 2024: Statement by the North Atlantic Council concerning malicious cyber activities against Germany and Czechia.

We stand in solidarity with Germany following the malicious cyber campaign against a political party, in this case the Social Democratic Party of Germany, and with Czechia following the malicious cyber activities against its institutions.

Allies recognise that Germany and Czechia have attributed the responsibility of the malicious cyber activities in their respective countries to the threat actor APT28 sponsored by the Russian Federation, specifically the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU). Allies also note with concern that the same threat actor targeted other national governmental entities, critical infrastructure operators and other entities across the Alliance, including in Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden.

We strongly condemn malicious cyber activities intended to undermine our democratic institutions, national security and free society.

The malicious cyber activities targeting Germany and Czechia underscore that cyberspace is contested at all times. Cyber threat actors persistently seek to destabilise the Alliance.

We remain committed to countering the substantial, continuous and increasing cyber threat, including to our democratic systems and our critical infrastructure. We are determined to employ the necessary capabilities in order to deter, defend against and counter the full spectrum of cyber threats to support each other, including by considering coordinated responses.

We promote a free, open, peaceful and secure cyberspace. We call on all States, including Russia, to respect their international obligations and commitments to uphold international law and act within the framework for responsible state behaviour in cyberspace as affirmed by all members of the United Nations.

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Brussels, 02 May 2024: Statement by the North Atlantic Council on recent Russian hybrid activities.

NATO Allies are deeply concerned about recent malign activities on Allied territory, including those resulting in the investigation and charging of multiple individuals in connection with hostile state activity affecting Czechia, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and the United Kingdom.

These incidents are part of an intensifying campaign of activities which Russia continues to carry out across the Euro-Atlantic area, including on Alliance territory and through proxies. This includes disinformation, sabotage, acts of violence, cyber and electronic interference, disinformation campaigns, and other hybrid operations. NATO Allies express their deep concern over Russia’s hybrid actions, which constitute a threat to Allied security.

We support and stand in solidarity with the affected Allies. We will act individually and collectively to address these actions, and will continue to coordinate closely. We will continue to boost our resilience and to apply and enhance the tools at our disposal to counter and contest Russian hybrid actions and will ensure that the Alliance and Allies are prepared to deter and defend against hybrid actions or attacks.

We condemn Russia’s behaviour, and we call on Russia to uphold its international obligations, as Allies do theirs. Russia’s actions will not deter Allies from continuing to support Ukraine.

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