- The two attacks, the first of which may have been the largest ransomware attack in history, occurred almost simultaneously, and in both cases the shadow of suspicion fell on Russian hackers, the newspaper noted.
- Bloomberg claims that a group of hackers belonging to the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service was behind the incidents.
- The details of the attack are not known, but the daily recalls of Vladimir Putin’s words that “traditional spiritual, moral and cultural-historical values are being attacked by the United States and its allies.” This is, according to them, a retaliatory notice
- Speaking about the ransomware attack, President Joe Biden described the effect as “minimal”, while warning that the United States has considerable potential for retaliation in cyberspace.
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Russian Revolutionary Guard cybercriminals are said to be behind the attempt to extort ransom money from Kasaya and its clients, but experts say the attack should be technically advanced to a criminal group.
Meanwhile, according to Bloomberg, a hacker group named Kozie Pierre of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service must have been behind the attempt to hack Republican National Committee organizations, the same group that entered Democratic Party servers in 2016 and attacked the Solarwinds and its clients.
Russia’s new national security strategy
However, the details of the latest attack are not fully known. The IT service provider for Republican Synex is known to have been attacked. At the same time, GOP itself claimed that the robbers had no evidence to access its data.
“It appears that the new attacks will cross many frontiers that President Biden is no longer tolerating,” the Daily writes.
The New York Times points out that on Saturday, the day before the attacks, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a speech on a new national security strategy. The document states, among other things, that “traditional spiritual-moral and cultural-historical values are being attacked by the United States and its allies” and plans to take “symmetrical and asymmetrical measures” to protect against “hostile actions” by foreign countries.
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According to CSIS think tank expert James Lewis, these things are relevant. “Biden did well to draw the boundaries, but when you’m a thug, the first thing you do is check the boundaries. This is what we see,” said the expert.
The Daily Reminds that the US President announced a strong response at the event of crossing the red lines, suggesting the possibility of attack operations in cyberspace. However, the US response to Russian cyber attacks has so far been wary of fears of escalation in cyber warfare, particularly vulnerable to U.S. infrastructure.
The NYT quoted Bobby Chesney, a University of Texas security expert, as saying, “This is a blind two-shot or an accurately measured shot at a foreign intelligence target.” In his opinion, as far as the former option is concerned, it may exceed the defined limits, while at the same time being considered a standard intelligence gathering activity.
The White House has not yet responded to this second attack. Speaking on the ransomware attack, President Biden said on Tuesday that preliminary reports indicated that the damage to US companies was “very small.” His spokesman, Jen Zhaki, pointed to Ghazia’s assessment that the attack did not affect critical infrastructure. He emphasized that the US was taking the matter seriously and reserved the right to respond. He added that regardless of whether Russian officials were involved in the attack on Kasaya, they were ultimately responsible.
Biden insisted without giving details that the United States has considerable potential to retaliate in cyberspace.
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