By Michael Joe, Security Consultant at QoS Consulting Solutions
If you turn on the news right now you are most likely met with an update on the latest developments in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. However, there is another critical development from this current event that should be highlighted. The Russian government recently announced its plan to increase the “intensity of computer attacks” aimed at disrupting important information resources and services not just in Ukraine, but worldwide.
Russia is leveraging data-wiping malware called WhisperGate. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the FBI released statements on the matter emphasizing that data-wiping “presents a direct threat to an organization’s daily operations, impacting the availability of critical assets and data”. CISA noted that the cyber threat level for several sectors is perhaps at the highest it has been in years. The FBI also added that further disruptive cyberattacks are likely to spill over to other countries and that “Organizations should increase vigilance and evaluate their capabilities encompassing planning, preparation, detection, and response for such an event.” Notable members of the U.S Government sounded the alarm as well.
The United States President Joe Biden, who recently issued an urgent warning to American business leaders to strengthen their companies’ cyber defenses immediately also warned, “The magnitude of Russia’s cyber capacity is fairly consequential and it’s coming”, and that there is “evolving intelligence” that suggests Russia is preparing cyber-attacks against the U.S.
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