In future, reacting to attacks in cyber space NATO may deploy conventional weapons, Secretary-General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg has stated in an interview with German newspaper Bild.
«A severe cyber attack may be classified as a case for the alliance. Then NATO can and must react. How, that will depend on the severity of the attack,» Reuters cited the official as saying in an interview with Bild published on June 16.
Stoltenberg also explained that the military alliance had to adjust to the increasingly complex series of threats it faces, which is why NATO members have agreed to protect themselves against attacks in cyberspace just as they do against attacks on land, in the air and at sea.
Reuters reports that NATO members are anticipated to agree at their summer summit in Warsaw to designate cyber space as an official operational field of warfare, along with air, sea, land and space.
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Russia’s Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare ordered to ban the sale of British Durex condoms in Russian pharmacies. In total, the ban has affected eleven kinds of the products of the brand.
The report from the Federal Service for Surveillance in Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor) said that the agency identified unregistered medical items on the Russian market – Durex condoms.
The registration certificate for Durex products was issued for an indefinite period of time. However, the package of supporting documents lacked data about specific types of products, which means that registration did not apply to them.
In total, the new restriction has affected eleven kinds of Durex products: Pleasuremax, Classic, Fruity Mix, Extra Safe, Elite, Long Play, XXL, Dual Extase, Sensation, Invisible and Real Feel. This is most of the range in the category which contains a total of 13 positions. In addition to condoms, Reckitt Benckiser produces gels and lubricants under the brand Durex – the lubricants will still be available in Russian pharmacies.
Britain’s Reckitt Benckiser is known in Russia for its products under brand names Durex, Calgon, Clearasil and Vanish. The company does not disclose its sales volumes on the Russian market.
Five Russian fans punish 20 English hooligans for desecrating Russian flag. Video
Five Russian fans punished 30 England football fans for desecrating the Russian flag.
On Tuesday night, England fans publicly desecrated the Russian flag in the French city of Lille. The English fans removed the flag from the roof of one of the restaurants, where it was mounted in connection with Euro-2016 matches in Lille.
A group of Russian fans responded to the act of disrespect against Russia, having beaten the hooligans and taken their flags from them. The video of one of the brawls appeared on the Internet.
According to eyewitnesses, five Russians chased away a group of 20 English football ultras. The English fans left of of their friends and then used pepper sprays not to be beaten by the Russians.
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Severe cyber-attack could be a case for NATO action – Stoltenberg
“A severe cyber-attack may be classified as a case for the alliance. Then NATO can and must react,” Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview to Germany’s Bild newspaper on Thursday. “How, that will depend on the severity of the attack,” he said.
Stoltenberg pointed out that the alliance faces a complex of threats with tendency to expand, so NATO member states have made a decision to regard cyber-attacks just like any other threat.
In early June, the German military’s top brass announced that all 28 NATO member states would likely agree to declare cyberspace an operational warzone, during the Warsaw summit, to be held in the Polish capital on July 8-9.
— RT (@RT_com) June 1, 2016
Individual NATO member states have also made similar statements over the past years.
The US acknowledged the notion of cyberspace being a new war dimension years ago, enacting the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) on June 23, 2009, to fulfill tasks related to cyber combat.
In 2011 Washington said it regards cyberspace as an operational domain of war, equating digital attacks to those in the real world, and preparing to respond to them as it does to other threats to national security and wellbeing.
In Moscow, officials have long been concerned about the threat of cyber-warfare against Russia. In March, Communications Minister Nikolay Nikiforov told RT that the US government and a handful of corporations working under US jurisdiction have a disproportionately strong influence on the internet.
— RT (@RT_com) March 2, 2016
“[T]he whole world… is actually totally dominated by a single country and literally by several companies, which have practically monopolized the entire IT system,” Nikiforov said.
“With this prolonged monopolization, many countries in the world are working on technical solutions that would protect national segments of the internet from a possible external destructive action. They are creating backup infrastructures, which respond to a disruption – intentional or accidental – and prevent national segments from being blocked,” Nikiforov added.