Russian Embassy Trolls The Times for 'Throwing Out Dated ConceptsLike Evidence'

RIA Novosti's picture
Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version

The Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom has hit The Times newspaper with a bit of gentle trolling over a recent article in the paper claiming that 'Russian-backed hackers' had attempted to attack the UK's power grid.

In its Saturday print edition, The Times ran a story claiming that hackers backed by the Russian government had attacked energy networks running part of the UK's energy grid in an effort to infiltrate the grid's control systems.

The paper explained that senior engineers at Ireland's Electricity Supply Board (ESB) were targeted in a spear phishing attack last month by a group "understood to have ties to the Kremlin's GRU intelligence agency." The paper also recalled an earlier attack on US nuclear and energy companies, reported last week, which was also blamed on elusive Russian hackers.

The Times story makes no reference to any conclusive proof showing Russian responsibility for the power grid hacking attacks, only citing 'experts' who said that the GRU was using Ireland as a 'testing ground for cyberwarfare'.

No evidence of disruption of power network has been reported, either, although security analysts said that they fear the hackers may have stolen information such as passwords.

Commenting on The Times piece, the Russian Embassy in the UK, well-known for its regular trolling of Western politicians and media over claims about Russia being responsible for anything and everything that's wrong with the world, tweeted that the story was interesting for its lack of evidence.

Journalism is getting rid of outdated concepts like evidence. It is pamphleteering (read , @FT ).

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy)

"Journalism is getting rid of outdated concepts like evidence," the Embassy quipped, in a tweet together with a pic of the story. The Times report, the Embassy said, looked less like a piece of journalism, and more like "pamphleteering."

Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
  • Сomment
  • avatar



By clicking 'Register', you confirm that you agree to our Privacy Policy and give your consent to the processing of personal data in accordance with the Privacy Policy
Password recovery
Delete account
Are you sure you want to delete your account?
Your account has been deleted! You can restore your account within 30 days by following the link sent to the e-mail address you entered during registration.
Community standards

The fact of registration and authorization of users on Sputnik websites via users’ account or accounts on social networks indicates acceptance of these rules.

Users are obliged abide by national and international laws. Users are obliged to speak respectfully to the other participants in the discussion, readers and individuals referenced in the posts.

The websites’ administration has the right to delete comments made in languages ​​other than the language of the majority of the websites’ content.

In all language versions of the websites any comments posted can be edited.

A user comment will be deleted if it:

  • does not correspond with the subject of the post;
  • promotes hatred and discrimination on racial, ethnic, sexual, religious or social basis or violates the rights of minorities;
  • violates the rights of minors, causing them harm in any form, including moral damage;
  • contains ideas of extremist nature or calls for other illegal activities;
  • contains insults, threats to other users, individuals or specific organizations, denigrates dignity or undermines business reputations;
  • contains insults or messages expressing disrespect to Sputnik;
  • violates privacy, distributes personal data of third parties without their consent or violates privacy of correspondence;
  • describes or references scenes of violence, cruelty to animals;
  • contains information about methods of suicide, incites to commit suicide;
  • pursues commercial objectives, contains improper advertising, unlawful political advertisement or links to other online resources containing such information;
  • promotes products or services of third parties without proper authorization;
  • contains offensive language or profanity and its derivatives, as well as hints of the use of lexical items falling within this definition;
  • contains spam, advertises spamming, mass mailing services and promotes get-rich-quick schemes;
  • promotes the use of narcotic / psychotropic substances, provides information on their production and use;
  • contains links to viruses and malicious software;
  • is part of an organized action involving large volumes of comments with identical or similar content ("flash mob");
  • “floods” the discussion thread with a large number of incoherent or irrelevant messages;
  • violates etiquette, exhibiting any form of aggressive, humiliating or abusive behavior ("trolling");
  • doesn’t follow standard rules of the English language, for example, is typed fully or mostly in capital letters or isn’t broken down into sentences.

The administration has the right to block a user’s access to the page or delete a user’s account without notice if the user is in violation of these rules or if behavior indicating said violation is detected.

Users can initiate the recovery of their account / unlock access by contacting the moderators at

The letter must contain:

  • Subject - the restoration of account / unlock access
  • User ID
  • An explanation of the actions which were in violation of the rules above and resulted in the lock.

If the moderators deem it possible to restore the account / unlock access, it will be done.

In the case of repeated violations of the rules above resulting in a second block of a user’s account, access cannot be restored.

Copy this html code to your website/blog to embed this press release.


Post new comment

6 + 3 =

To prevent automated spam submissions leave this field empty.