As Kremlin Grows Desperate, US Warns Against Russian Cyberattacks
It is rather clear that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is not going the way that Vladimir Putin planned it. In fact, the entire debacle has been a wakeup call for the rest of the world, who once feared the might Russian army and believed that Vladimir Putin was some sort of master tactician.
Spoiler alert: The emperor has no clothes.
And now that the entire world has witnessed the Kremlin’s abject humiliation at the hands of a nation far smaller than themselves, Putin and his cronies are lashing out in ever more disparate and disjointed ways. This has US officials on high alert.
The White House is warning companies that Russia could be planning to launch cyberattacks against critical U.S. infrastructure.
Deputy National Security Adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger called for companies to secure their systems, including implementing multifactor authentication, patching systems against known vulnerabilities, backing up data, running drills and engaging with federal authorities before a cyberattack happens.
The telltale signs of an impending hack attack were prevalent.
Neuberger said the administration held classified briefings with companies last week based on “preparatory activity” that U.S. intelligence is picking up from Russia, but she said the U.S. government doesn’t see a specific cyberattack approaching.Advertisement - story continues below
Neuberger told reporters the U.S. had noticed an increase in malicious behavior while still seeing avenues for bad actors to easily exploit critical targets.
Russia-based cyber criminals have been responsible for a number of high-level cyberattacks in recent years, including several that targeted crucial infrastructure and food supply targets.