Russian Cyberattack Concerns

Russian Cyberattack ConcernsConcerns over a Russian cyberattack have been rising over the past few weeks, but they came to a head Tuesday when the US and other Western Nations announced sanctions against Russia for their movement of troops in Ukraine. The conflict has already seen cyber tactics used to take down and deface many Ukrainian government websites.

The New York Governor and Mayor opened a cybersecurity command center in Brooklyn, the first of its kind, to oversee security across the state. The city of New York is viewed as a target-rich environment with the subway system, Stock Exchange, and a headquarter to many major corporations.

The Governor, Kathy Hochul said, “The threat of cyberattacks is very real, particularly now. That is the warning we are receiving out of Washington, particularly for a place like New York.”

The Federal Government has been sounding the alarm for weeks now, particularly for critical infrastructure. Read our blog post on the CISA warning that included a document on mitigating Russian state-sponsored threats.

“Given the very high tensions that we are experiencing, companies of any size and of all sizes would be foolish not to be preparing right now as we speak — to increase their defenses, to do things like patching, to heighten their alert systems, to be monitoring in real-time their cybersecurity,” deputy attorney general Lisa Monaco said in remarks at the Munich Cybersecurity Conference. “They need to be as we say, ‘shields up’ and to be really on the most heightened level of alert that they can be and taking all necessary precautions.”

This would not be the first time a country reacted to sanctions with virtual retaliation. In 2013 Iran overloaded data centers responsible for US banking with a DDoS attack which stopped them from doing business.

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Posted by Charles Wright