The Five Eyes have issued a warning about Russian cyberattacks on key infrastructure
The Five Eyes have issued a warning about Russian cyberattacks on key infrastructure. A coordinated cybersecurity report released by the Five Eyes alliance warns of escalating Russian assaults on key infrastructure.
The Five Eyes alliance includes the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. Members work together to gather signals intelligence.
Srdjan Vucetic, a Canadian professor, thinks the Five Eyes started with Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain speech in 1946, in which the British Prime Minister warned of open battle with the Soviet Union unless the “democracies” learned to cooperate.
With its brutal invasion of a sovereign European nation and reckless nuclear threats, modern-day Russia is reigniting Soviet-era tensions, strengthening the necessity for alliances such as the Five Eyes and NATO, which many thoughts were relics of a bygone period.
Modern warfare, on the other hand, has changed. NATO and the Five Eyes have attempted to stay up, and have repeatedly cautioned that Russia’s cyber capabilities, given their potentially destructive potential, cannot be overlooked.
In its advice, the Five Eyes stated that “evolving evidence suggests that the Russian government is studying alternatives for prospective cyberattacks.”
The Five Eyes have issued a warning about Russian cyberattacks on key infrastructure. “Recent Russian state-sponsored cyber operations have included distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against the Ukrainian government and critical infrastructure organizations, and older operations have included the deployment of destructive malware against the Ukrainian government and critical infrastructure organizations.”
Cyberattacks are frequently carried out by groups accused of having ties to the Russian state, such as Fancy Bear. An increasing number of unaffiliated cybercrime organizations have also professed their support for the Russian government, making it impossible to conclude that any cyber attack was state-sponsored.
“These Russian-aligned cybercrime organizations have promised to execute cyber operations in reprisal for alleged cyberattacks on the Russian government or the Russian people.” Some parties have also threatened cyber attacks against nations and organizations that provide material assistance to Ukraine.”
The intelligence partners warn organizations that they may be targeted in reaction to their support for Ukraine, the economic consequences imposed on Russia for its invasion, and mounting proof of war crimes.
The Five Eyes have issued a warning about Russian cyberattacks on key infrastructure. Russia’s state-sponsored hackers, according to the alliance, have demonstrated the ability to compromise IT networks, develop mechanisms to maintain long-term and persistent access to IT networks, exfiltrate sensitive data from IT and operational technology (OT) networks, and disrupt critical industrial control systems (ICS)/OT functions by deploying destructive malware. Previous operations that have been mentioned as examples are BlackEnergy and NotPetya.
Earlier this month, many US agencies released a separate report warning that nation-state actors are using specialized malware to retain access to ICS and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.
Separately, the FBI has cautioned (PDF) that ransomware attacks on the food and agriculture industries are more probable during the planting and harvest seasons, further causing havoc and placing strain on supply networks.
The Five Eyes have issued a warning about Russian cyberattacks on key infrastructure. As the invasion enters its 58th day and shows no signs of abating, the Five Eyes’ warning – coupled with recommendations from multiple other global security organizations – demonstrates that it is more critical than ever to maintain solid cybersecurity policies.