Putin's Warning: Russia Says Cyber Attacks Could Lead To Military Clash
Russia, home to troll farms, and hackers that have launched cyber attacks against Western infrastructure is now having the tables turned on it and has now warned that these attacks could lead to a direct military clash. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that critical infrastructure and state institutions were being hit by cyberattacks and blamed the United States as well as Ukraine for the attacks. “Rest assured, Russia will not leave aggressive actions unanswered,” the ministry said. The foreign ministry’s head of international information security said that Washington was “deliberately lowering the threshold for the combat use” of IT. Josep Borrell Fontelles, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy said about the attack, “Cyberattacks targeting Ukraine, including against critical infrastructure, could spill over into other countries and cause systemic effects putting the security of Europe’s citizens at risk.
Russian hackers were responsible for the hacking of the Democratic National Convention in 2016, another attack a year later called NotPetya which spread from Ukraine to the major shipping company Maersk, the 2021 hack of the Colonial Pipeline, and many others. Russia is upset because over the weekend Russia’s housing ministry website was hacked, and an internet search for the site redirected users to a “Glory to Ukraine” sign in Ukrainian. The United States has been mostly passive in regards to cyber attacks committed by Russia, but since the war in Ukraine began, the focus has shifted to a more offensive approach. “My job is to provide a series of options to the secretary of defense and the president, and so that’s what I do.
The US didn’t begin this recent spate of cyber attacks, the Russians did. “So it’s commonly believed that the invasion of Ukraine started on February 24th. Russian hackers tried to disrupt Ukraine’s internet, media outlets, national railway system, as well as energy and nuclear power facilities. And with the tables turned on them, Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Russia to increase their own cyber defenses.
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