UK, US, and Australia blame Russian Federation for global cyber attack

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The alert is not related to the suspected chemical weapons attack in a town in Syria that prompted a USA -led military strike over the weekend targeting facilities of the Russian-backed Syrian government, Joyce said.

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

But a Syrian government official said it is "fully ready" to co-operate with the OCPW that's in Syria to investigate the alleged chemical attack that triggered US-led air strikes.

"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.

Western countries accused Moscow on Monday of preventing inspectors from reaching the site of a suspected poison gas attack in Syria and said Russians or Syrians may have tampered with evidence on the ground.

The OPCW inspectors will not assign blame for attacks.

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Russian Federation also insists it is committed to let the UN-backed watchdog do its work in Syria, promising "not to interfere".

Neither minister went as far as U.S. and United Kingdom authorities who said the attack was the work of "Russian state-sponsored cyber actors". This was at the very beginning after this information (of the attack) appeared. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the British accusation that Russian Federation was to blame for holding up the inspections was "groundless".

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

It has been more than a week since the attack in which witnesses and Western governments described helicopters dropping sarin and chlorine bombs that killed many children and women hiding from clashes between rebels and government troops.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said the weekend air strikes accomplished their aim of undermining efforts by the Syrian government to produce and use chemical weapons.

The organisation, which needs a two-thirds majority to take decisions, has been undermined by deep political division over the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.

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