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    According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the allegations that Russia is behind the cyberattacks on the Czech Foreign Ministry are tied to discussion of the draft bill extending the authority of the Czech intelligence services.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The allegations that Russia is behind the cyberattacks on the Czech Foreign Ministry, as well as behind attacks on the US Democratic Party, are tied to discussion of the draft bill extending the authority of the Czech intelligence services to control the Internet, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    "Scaring the society with ‘Kremlin propaganda’ is always useful, especially when it comes against the background of a discussion of a draft bill extending the Czech intelligence service’s powers to control the Internet," the source said, adding that the allegations were tied to the "fashionable" trend of "the Russian trail."

    "Of course, one can’t help but jump on the bandwagon of scares from across the ocean," the source added, underlining that the media commenting on the issue did not "trouble themselves with finding evidence, but indulge in ecstatic and completely groundless fantasies."

    On Tuesday, the Czech media reported, citing an intelligence source, that unknown hackers had managed to crack the emails of the Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek and his deputies, stealing thousands of user accounts, as well as classified data.

    Later on Tuesday, Zaoralek drew similarities between the attacks on the ministry and the attacks carried out on the US Democratic Party headquarters’ online system, adding that a foreign state could possibly be behind the attack.


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