Ex-defense chief claims Russia allows online scams threatening elderly Britons as form of “unconventional warfare”

Russia is said to ‘condone’ online scams that are damaging the UK, according to Ben Wallace

The UK is facing certain forms of “unconventional warfare” waged by its enemies, potentially including online scams that target elderly Britons and that have Moscow’s consent, former Secretary of Defence Ben Wallace has claimed.
The Conservative MP, who resigned from the cabinet last August, told Sky News on Wednesday that the world today reminded him of the interbellum periods during the last century.
The situation, Wallace explained, is similar to “the 1930s, but with an added challenge of terrorism and a challenge of unconventional warfare.” As examples of the latter, he cited “disinformation campaigns, the enemies in this country using cyber to divide us, to rob from us, to spy on us, and to create frictions in our society.”
When asked by host Kay Burley which nation posed the biggest threat to the UK, Wallace said it was Russia.

“Many of the big cyber-crime syndicates are based in Russia, curiously protected by the Russian state,” he claimed. “They are the ones robbing your granny and my parents with phishing emails. So, Russia is directly challenging us at all levels.”
Earlier this month, British police reported busting a UK-founded international ring of scammers, which since 2021 alone has stolen from some 70,000 victims in the country. Thirty-seven people were arrested around the world in the LabHost case, the force reported. The statement didn’t mention Russia.