Latvia added its voice February 21 to condemnation from the United States and United Kingdom of a massive cyber-attack that targeted Georgia on 28 October, 2019.
The cyber-attack targeted Georgia’s government and private companies’ websites as well as the national TV stations.
“Latvia shares in the views expressed in the statements made by Georgia, the United States of America and the United Kingdom, which attribute the cyber-attack to the Main Division of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation as well as pledging their support to Georgia,” said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Malicious cyber-activities threaten free, open, stable and secure cyberspace. Latvia will continue to cooperate with its allies and partners seeking to collectively strengthen security in cyberspace and deter further cyber-attacks,” it added.
According to an investigation mounted by the UK’s security services , “the Russian military intelligence service was almost certainly responsible for defacing websites, cyber attacks and interruption to TV channels in Georgia in October 2019.”
“The cyber programme responsible for these disruptions is known in open source variously as the Sandworm team, BlackEnergy Group, Telebots, and VoodooBear. It is operated by the GRU’s Main Centre of Special Technologies, often referred to by the abbreviation “GTsST” or its field post number 74455,” said the UK government.