U.N. Special Envoy to Syria John Bass has been arrested by the U.K. over allegations of a cyber attack, a spokesman for the envoy said on Friday.
The British Foreign Office said Bass had been charged with four counts of “malicious computer code offences” and was being held at a London police station.
Bass had been in London to attend the annual United Nations General Assembly, which begins Saturday.
He had been due to attend a news conference, the spokesman said, but the meeting was canceled due to security concerns.
On Thursday, U.n. special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura accused Russia of sending a “clear signal of intent” to conduct cyberattacks on U.s. military and diplomatic installations.
De Mistura said Russia has not only attacked U. S. diplomats, but also its own personnel and “further escalated the cyber threat to the U,S.
and the world.””
We have to respond in a way that doesn’t leave us in the same position,” he said, adding that Russia has already carried out “several cyberattacks against U. s. military assets.”
The U. N. envoy told reporters on Friday that he was told by U.k. officials that Bass had contacted the U