PUBLISHED: 00:45, Sun, Oct 25, 2020 | UPDATED: 00:45, Sun, Oct 25, 2020
The cabinet secretary is the most senior civil servant and is responsible for overseeing the UK’s intelligence services. Speaking on Times Radio Lord Sedwill revealed Britain had used a “series of discreet measures” to hit Russian targets.
He revealed “covert measures” had been part of the British response to the 2018 poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.
Lord Sedwill was asked why Britain’s offensive cyber capabilities have yet to be used against Russia.
He replied: “The fact you don’t see that we use it doesn’t mean that we don’t.
“Russia is operating in what the aficionados call grey space, that gap between normal state relations and armed conflict, with cyberattacks, information warfare and disruption campaigns.
Lord Sedwill revealed Britain has launched cyber operations against Russia (Image: GETTY)
"Russia is operating in what the aficionados call grey space" (Image: GETTY)
“It is important that we are capable of manoeuvring in the grey space and doing so effectively. We can’t leave the initiative to our adversaries.
“There are some vulnerabilities that we can exploit too. We just don’t always talk about those.
“We seek to impose a price greater than one they might have expected when we believe it is right and necessary.”
On March 4 2018 Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy turned British double agent, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury by a Novichok nerve agent.
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