White House issues call to action in light of new intelligence on Russian cyberthreat

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Mar 21, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

The Biden administration renewed calls Monday for the private sector to address known vulnerabilities and shore up cyberdefenses in light of a looming possibility of a cyberattack from Russia on U.S. infrastructure.

The latest warning is “based on evolving threat intelligence, that the Russian government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks on critical infrastructure in the United States,” Anne Neuberger, the White House’s deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology, said at a press conference Monday.

Federal agencies have issued a series of warnings across critical industries in recent weeks in light of potential retaliation from Russia in response to financial sanctions.

Monday’s call to action “speaks to evolving threat intelligence and a potential shift in intention,” by Russia, Neuberger said. Last week agencies including Energy and Treasury hosted classified and unclassified briefings with hundreds of companies, she said.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI have also issued a series of alerts, including guidance to satellite communications network providers last week in reaction to an attack on a European satellite internet company that knocked down some communications in Ukraine.


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