Russia prepares massive cyberattacks on the critical infrastructure of Ukraine and its allies

The Ukrainian military intelligence warns that Russia is planning to escalate cyberattacks targeting Ukraine and Western allies.

The Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine (HUR MO) warns that Russia is planning to escalate cyberattacks targeting the critical infrastructure of Ukraine and western countries.

According to the Ukrainian military intelligence service, the attacks will aim at disrupting operations at critical infrastructure, including electric grids and facilities of the energy industry.

“The Kremlin is planning to carry out massive cyberattacks on the critical infrastructure facilities of Ukrainian enterprises and critical infrastructure institutions of Ukraine’s allies. Attacks will be aimed at energy sector enterprises. The experience of cyberattacks on Ukraine’s energy systems in 2015 and 2016 will be used when conducting operations,” reads a report published on Facebook.

The report also states that the cyber attacks will aim at interfering with the capabilities of the Ukrainian Army and supporting the military offensive of the Russian army.

The Kremlin also plans to conduct more powerful DDoS attacks on the critical infrastructure of Ukraine’s allies, such as Poland and the Baltic countries.

“With this, the enemy will try to increase the effect of missile strikes on electricity supply facilities, primarily in the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine. The occupying command is convinced that this will slow down the offensive actions of the Ukrainian Defense Forces.” reads the alert issued by HUR MO.

“The Kremlin also intends to increase the intensity of DDoS attacks on the critical infrastructure of Ukraine’s closest allies, primarily Poland and the Baltic states.”

U.S. President Joe Biden warned in July 2021 that cyber-attacks leading to severe security breaches could trigger a “real shooting war.” This statement was issued a month after NATO said [PDF] that cyber-attacks could be compared to “armed attacks” (in some circumstances).

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Pierluigi Paganini

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Pierluigi Paganini: Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US. Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines. Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.

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