Putin's government warns Russian critical infrastructure of potential cyberattacks

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Feb 24, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

The Russian government warned its domestic critical infrastructure operators Thursday of the “threat of an increase in the intensity of computer attacks,” and said that any failure in the operation of critical infrastructure that doesn’t have a “reliably established” cause should be considered “the result of a computer attack.”

The warning, issued through Russia’s National Computer Incident Response & Coordination Center, comes as the Russian military carries out a widespread attack on Ukraine, and after the Ukrainian government accused the Russians of launching a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks and the deployment of wiper malware on Ukrainian government systems ahead of the invasion.

“Attacks can be aimed at disrupting the functioning of information resources and services, causing reputational damage, including for political purposes,” the warning read, according to a Google translation. “In addition, in the future, it is possible to carry out harmful influences from the Russian information space to form a negative image of the Russian Federation in the eyes of the world community.”

The warning did not specify where such attacks might come from.

Earlier Thursday sporadic reports indicated that several Russian government websites, including the official website

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