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Govt blames Russian Federation for cyberattacks on 400 Australian businesses

17 April 2018

The unusual public warning from the White House, US agencies and Britain's National Cyber Security Center follows a years-long effort to monitor the threat. "And as with all of our work, we only use them in line with domestic and worldwide law, when our tests of necessity and proportionality have been satisfied, and with all the usual oversight in place".

Speaking of Assad and his suspected role in last week's chemical weapons attack, Trump said, "These are not the actions of a man".

Apart from Macron's phone conversation with Putin, NATO members Germany and the Netherlands have said they will not take part in any military action.

A senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there had been a steady increase in Russian cyber attacks in recent years.

In Geneva, U.N. war crimes investigators condemned on Friday the suspected use of chemical weapons in Douma and called for evidence to be preserved with a view to future prosecutions.

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U.S. President Donald Trump has blamed the attack on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying there wasn't "much of a doubt" he was behind the strike.

13 de abril de 2018, 16:20Moscow, Apr 13 (Prensa Latina) Russia denounced the execution of an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian city of Duma and claimed to have reliable evidence on the special services involved in that case. This time with our allies, we have struck harder. Pierce said she wanted "to state categorically ... that Britain has no involvement and would never have any involvement in the use of a chemical weapon". The government's capture of Douma, the last town held by the rebels in Eastern Ghouta, marked a major victory for Mr Al Assad.

The Russian leader warned against "ill-considered and unsafe actions. that would have consequences beyond conjecture".

However NCSC chief executive Ciaran Martin said it was a "significant moment" in the fightback against Russian aggression in cyberspace while the White House vowed to use "all elements of national power" to combat the threat.

The world must provide a "robust, united and steadfast response", he said. The medics said none of the patients were hurt by chemicals.

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The OPCW's report confirmed British findings that the Skripals were poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent, but didn't say who was responsible.

Mr Lavrov noted that Russian and USA militaries have a hotline to prevent incidents, adding that it was not clear if it would be sufficient amid mounting tensions.

The U.N. chief told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council Friday called by Russian Federation that the highly volatile situation risks "escalation, fragmentation and division as far as the eye can see with profound regional and global ramifications".

During his address, President Trump said U.S. forces were prepared to sustain this response "until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents" and issued a direct message to Russian Federation and Iran which he said are "most responsible for supporting, equipping, and financing the criminal Assad regime".

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Govt blames Russian Federation for cyberattacks on 400 Australian businesses