Russia attempts to undermine UK with cyber attacks and fake news

 
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Prime Minister Theresa May will come up with a plan of action in the next few weeks (Source: Getty)

Russia has embarked on a propaganda campaign against Britain, according to reports.

Moscow is seeking to undermine the UK's power by using cyber attacks and fake news, and Prime Minister Theresa May is set to hold a National Security Council meeting to assess the Russian aggression and how to respond, according to The Times.

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It is thought that she will come to a decision about what to do within weeks.

In a meeting at the Cabinet office two months ago, intelligence officers and civil servants highlighted the scale of the threat from Moscow.

A source at the meeting said:

There was an agreement on the need to do more across Whitehall to understand and assess and formulate options on how to respond to Russian activities.

Britain is not the only target, as the Russians have been trying a number of avenues to destabilise the West.

Earlier this week, Labour MP Ben Bradshaw said it was "highly probable" that Russian hackers tried to influence the outcome of the Brexit vote.

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He said: “We don’t have the evidence for that yet – but it is highly probable.”

The Russian Embassy responded to the accusations with a tweet:

The news of Russia targeting the UK comes after the CIA said this week that Russian President Putin used computer hacking to try to get President-elect Donald Trump into power.

President Barack Obama responded to the revelations, saying: "We need to take action and we will at a time and place of our own choosing."

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