On Tuesday, the Kremlin rejected the US warnings of any potential cyberattacks planned by the Russian Federation and claimed to not engage in “state-level banditry”. Even after the Western sanctions, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the allegations from the US.
On Monday, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke to businesses about protecting themselves against the possible cyberattacks from Russia. He spoke of their “evolved intelligence” that was being explored by leaders in Moscow.
But this allegation was dismissed by Dmitry Peskov who said
“The Russian Federation, unlike many Western countries, including the United States, does not engage in state-level banditry.” (Reuters)
In the past, Russia has been falsely accused of similar allegations, even one that claims it was involved in halting Ukrainian banking and government websites in mid-February.
The Pentagon spokesman John Kirby shared that the U.S. Department of Defense did not face any cyberattacks. He further added that U.S. Officials are developing a closer communication channel with the American business leaders to discuss the risk to corporations.
“We haven’t seen anything affect our infrastructure or critical U.S government infrastructure,” John told MNSBC.
“We wanted to make sure that leaders knew and were aware that the Russians would probably try this kind of tactic going forward.”
Anne Neuberger, the senior White House cybersecurity official shared on Monday that there was “no certainty” of any attack. However, U.S. companies are taking preventive measures of strengthening their cyber defenses.
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The warning may stem from the fact that the Russian Deputy Industry and Trade Minister, Vasiliy Shpak suggested the creation of a division of cyber troops. The division would be designed to combat the increased threats, empowering their developers to fight back the cyberattacks and show their patriotism.
“After this, I hope, they will think 10 times before leaving their motherland in pursuit of easy money in foreign companies,” a news agency quoted Vasiliy Shpak on Tuesday.
The cybersecurity arm of the telecoms firm, Rostelecom (RTKM.MM) has pursued efforts to stop the operations of many Russian company websites, including Russian Government entities and state-owned companies, which were shared by cyber firms.
The Chief Executive of Rostelecom, Mikhail Oseevskiy, shared that the attacks on Russian sites had increased in the month of March. Interfax quoted him that
“We understand what the risks are and how they can be mitigated.”