The United States, Estonia and the United Kingdom have condemned the Russian cyber-attack on Georgia in October 2019 during a closed meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on March 5, 2020, reports the press office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.
The ministry reports that the UN Security Council has discussed the issue of cyber-attacks against web pages and servers of Georgian governmental agencies, court and media organisations.
We are clear that Russia’s military intelligence service – the GRU – conducted these cyber-attacks in an attempt to sow discord and disrupt the lives of ordinary Georgian people. These cyberattacks are part of Russia’s long-running campaign of hostile and destabilizing activity against Georgia, and are part of a wider pattern of malign activity”, reads the joint statement of Estonia, US and United Kingdom.
Today at the #UNSC @EstoniaUN, @UKUN_NewYork and @USUN condemned the extensive and disruptive #cyberattacks on Georgia by Russian theGRU in October 2019.— GeorgiaUN (@GeorgiaUN) March 5, 2020Website
We thank our partners for their strong support to #Georgia in condemning this brazen act against Georgia and its people! pic.twitter.com/IuqPK0NoLO
It was the first time the cyber-attacks were officially discussed as a separate issue at the UN Security Council.
On October 28, 2019, hacker attacks were carried out against 2,000 websites including that of the President of Georgia, courts of Georgia, NGOs, local self-governments and private organizations.
On February 20, 2020, the Georgian Foreign Ministry stated that the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Main Centre for Special Technologies carried out a ‘widespread, disruptive cyber-attack.’
The Russian Foreign Ministry denied the allegation, stating that ‘there is no evidence providing the country was involved’ in the hacker attacks.