Great Britain has imposed sanctions against Russian hackers

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Britain has imposed sanctions on two Russian hackers over what the Foreign Office says are the spies' continued but unsuccessful attempts to meddle in politics.

"A hacking group of cyber security researchers called 'Cold River' working on behalf of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has targeted British politicians, journalists and non-profit groups over a period of several years," the statement said.

The British government said a group stole data through cyberattacks that were later made public, including material related to the 2019 election, the BBC reports.

Foreign Secretary David Cameron said the group's actions were "totally unacceptable".

"Despite their constant efforts, they failed. "We will continue to work together with our allies to expose Russia's covert cyber activity and hold Russia accountable for its actions," Cameron said.

In this regard, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the Russian ambassador to Britain was summoned and informed of the "deep concern of the United Kingdom (UK) about Russia's continued attempts to use cyber operations to interfere in political and democratic processes in UK and beyond.

In January of this year, Western media reported that Cold River was targeting three nuclear research laboratories in the United States.

The group, which is also known as Callisto or Starstorm, first came to the attention of intelligence services after it attacked the British Foreign Office in 2016.

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