US, UK authorities warn of cyber attacks by Russian government

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BRITAIN would consider launching a cyber attack against Russian Federation in retaliation if Russian Federation targeted British national infrastructure, the Sunday Times reports.

The US, France and the United Kingdom responded to the suspected attack by launching missiles on Saturday that they said targeted Syrian chemical weapons production facilities.

"It's our concern they may have tampered with it to thwart the fact-finding investigation", Mr Uzumcu is quoted as saying by NBC's Bill Neely.

Inspectors have yet to visit Douma, where regimen troops and Russian police were deployed soon after the chemical attack which forced rebels there to surrender.

Meanwhile the UK's envoy to the OPCW, Peter Wilson, reportedly said there is "reliable intelligence" to support claims that Syria was behind the attack.

Neither minister went as far as USA and United Kingdom authorities who said the attack was the work of "Russian state-sponsored cyber actors".

The inspectors aim to collect samples, interview witnesses and document evidence to determine whether banned toxic munitions were used, although they are not permitted to assign blame for the attack. "Russia and Syria must cooperate".

Moscow condemned the Western states for refusing to wait for the findings of the OCPW before launching the strikes. This was at the very beginning after this information [of the attack] appeared. "Therefore allegations of this towards Russian Federation are groundless", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Meanwhile a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said the allegations were "groundless", adding Moscow favoured "an impartial investigation".

It is barred from having, storing or using nerve agents, and while it is permitted to possess chlorine for civilian uses, is banned from using that chemical as a weapon.

President Donald Trump said the strikes had accomplished their aim of undermining efforts by the Syrian government to produce and use chemical weapons again in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Syria joined the OPCW, the organisation tasked with monitoring adherence to the 1997 convention, in 2013 after a sarin gas attack that killed hundreds of people in Ghouta.

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