Russian business consulting firm ‘hacked’ by U.S. to steal emails and data

The cybersecurity firm of a former Russian intelligence officer is under investigation by the U.N. Security Council for allegedly compromising a Russian company that had a contract with the U-S.

military, according to a report Wednesday.

The U.K.-based Cyber Security Research Institute is part of a larger Russian spy network that was allegedly infiltrated by U-N.

sanctions imposed on Russia for interfering in the 2016 U. S. election, The Associated Press reported.

The report cited U.M. security officials as saying the cyber attack on the cybersecurity firm began in December 2016.

It said the U.-N.

panel also heard from a senior Russian diplomat who said the Russian military has hacked U.s. intelligence agencies to steal information and destroy evidence.

The U.A.E. has denied the allegation.

The council’s Security Council meeting Wednesday called for the U,N.

committee to investigate.

The United States and Russia have been locked in a high-stakes standoff over U. s cyber attacks on political adversaries since the start of the year.

Russia says the U.,S.

and other nations are interfering in its internal affairs.

The Russian defense ministry has said Moscow is not behind the cyberattacks and that they are part of U. n. sanctions.

Russia has denied any interference in U. ous elections.