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DHS Warns of Russian Cyberattack On US If It Responds To Ukraine Invasion

Tuesday January 25, 2022. 02:25 AM , from Slashdot/Apple
As tensions rise in the standoff over Ukraine, the Department of Homeland Security has warned that the U.S. response to a possible Russian invasion could result in a cyberattack launched against the U.S. by the Russian government or its proxies. ABC News reports: 'We assess that Russia would consider initiating a cyber attack against the Homeland if it perceived a US or NATO response to a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine threatened its long-term national security,' a DHS Intelligence and Analysis bulletin sent to law enforcement agencies around the country and obtained by ABC News said. The bulletin was dated Jan. 23, 2022.

Russia, DHS said, has a 'range of offensive cyber tools that it could employ against US networks,' and the attacks could range from a low level denial of service attack, to 'destructive' attacks targeting critical infrastructure. 'We assess that Russia's threshold for conducting disruptive or destructive cyber attacks in the Homeland probably remains very high and we have not observed Moscow directly employ these types of cyber attacks against US critical infrastructure -- notwithstanding cyber espionage and potential prepositioning operations in the past,' the bulletin said. Last year, Russian cybercriminals launched a ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, shutting down operations and causing widespread outages across the country. Meat supplier JBS also had its operations shutdown due to Russian based hackers.

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https://it.slashdot.org/story/22/01/24/229258/dhs-warns-of-russian-cyberattack-on-us-if-it-responds-...

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