FBI joins other intelligence agencies in warning about Russia

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Mar 29, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

The FBI’s top cyber official called Russia a “formidable foe” in an oversight hearing Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee.

“We have an absolute strategic warning that Russia plans to hit us. We will do our best among our interagency partners to provide more real-time updates as we already have for specific sectors,” Bryan Vorndran, assistant director at the FBI’s cyber division, testified to the committee.

He told lawmakers that although the FBI was limited in the tactical warnings it could provide to industry, in the past three weeks, the bureau has been “in the ballpark” in providing timely information.

Vorndran confirmed recent White House reports of increased Russian scanning of critical infrastructure, a precursor to any actual hacking activity.

In light of the Russian threat, Republicans expressed concerns with the Justice Department’s release in September of high-profile Russian hacker Aleksei Burkov. Vorndran said he didn’t have knowledge about why Burkov, who was investigated by the Secret Service and not the FBI, was released.

“But you’re the cyber man … you’re the key guy,” said ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio. “You’re the guy the administration sent

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