Federal Director Warns Against Possible Russian Cyberattacks

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U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Jen Easterly highlighted the importance of defending against Russian cyberattacks in a recent interview. 

“We are seeing evolving intelligence about Russians planning for potential attacks,” she told 60 Minutes. “We have to assume that there is going to be a breach, there is going to be an incident, there is going to be an attack.”

When asked why the average American should be concerned, she responded that everything we do in our daily life – pumping gas, buying food, using an ATM, power, water and communication – all depend on critical infrastructure. Easterly explained that this critical infrastructure is what is at potential risk.

“We are seeing Russian state actors scanning, probing, looking for opportunity, looking for weaknesses on critical infrastructure, on businesses,” Easterly said. “Think of it as a burglar going around trying to jiggle the lock in your house door to see if it’s open.”

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