The article did not make clear on what basis Russia was suspected to be behind the alleged attack.
Hero-worshiping Indians, suffering from a talent famine at home, saw in Sunak's rise the growth of Hindu genetic dominance worldwide, echoed in Indians' managerial successes.
They spoke for the first time hours after Sunak became Britain's third prime minister this year, inheriting an economic crisis after the resignation of Liz Truss after a mere 49-day tenure.
The 42-year-old former Chancellor of Exchequer, a devout Hindu, is the youngest British prime minister in 210 years. He is also the first Hindu Prime Minister of Indian heritage in the UK.
"We continue to battle through a storm but I believe in Britain, I believe in the British people and I know that brighter days lie ahead," she said.
At 42, he is the youngest PM of Britain, the first British Asian to hold the high office, and the third premier UK has had in two months.
Besides being the first Hindu Prime Minister of Indian heritage, Sunak is also the youngest for around 200 years at 42 years.
The former Treasury chief will be Britain’s first leader of color, and faces the task of stabilizing the party and country at a time of economic and political turbulence.
This new leadership race is going to be a lot shorter than the last. Officials have set a week’s target to complete it
Johnson has so far won the support of six Cabinet ministers, including respected Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.
Financial markets breathed a sigh of relief, but now a divided ruling party must quickly find a leader who can unify its warring factions.
Sunak will automatically become party leader and prime minister if his opponents -- Penny Mordaunt and possibly Boris Johnson -- fail in their bids to win 100 nominations.
The race to No 10 Downing street could see a three-way contest with the nomination for the Conservative Party's new leader set to close on Monday.
Johnson, who remained a lawmaker after stepping down as prime minister, has not said whether he will run, but his allies in Parliament are working to gather support.
The party says it will select a new leader and prime minister by Oct. 28. Truss will remain prime minister until then.
Successor to be elected by Friday next; Sunak, Mordaunt, Wallace back in play; Johnson’s name too in circulation
The pound briefly surged more than one per cent against the dollar to USD 1.1336 after Truss ended six tumultuous weeks in power -- but analysts said gains were pared by the ongoing uncertainty.
The crisis-hit PM, elected Conservative leader just six weeks ago on a tax-slashing platform, announced her resignation on Thursday.
Truss, who until Wednesday insisted in Parliament that she was a "fighter and not a quitter", resigned after just six weeks after her position became untenable after a series of policy U-turns.
A growing number of Conservative members of Parliament had called Thursday for British Prime Minister Liz Truss to step down and end the chaos.