UK minister: Russia cyberattacks actions of a ‘pariah state’

Britain’s defense minister says a series of global cyberattacks blamed on Russia are the actions of a “pariah state” and that the U.K. and its NATO allies will expose such activities in the future.

Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said Thursday that “where Russia acts in an indiscriminate and reckless way, where they have done in terms of these cyberattacks, we will be exposing them.”

His remarks came after British and Australian officials said the Russian military intelligence unit GRU is behind a wave of global cyberattacks.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Center says four new attacks are associated with GRU as well as earlier cyberattacks.

Williamson said: “This is not the actions of a great power. This is the actions of a pariah state.”