Western cyberattacks on Russia up by 65% in 2022: Moscow
Russia unveils that there has been an uptick of cyberattacks against it over the past year in light of the growing enmity for Moscow in the West.
Cyberattacks carried out by the West against Russia's information systems have seen an uptick of 65% since last year, with the West seeking more ways to pressure Moscow in light of a complex geopolitical environment, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said Friday.
"Now the West is making great efforts, the concentration of all cyber capabilities to attack out information systems and information products," Chenyshenko said at a meeting with young scientists in Ufa, Russia.
"Obviously, attacks on us will continue. We are now seeing a 65% increase in the number of cyberattacks compared to last year," the deputy prime minister added.
Cyberattacks against Russia have seen their uptick in the wake of the Ukraine war, with Western countries seeking to further undermine Russia's infrastructure and the latter underlining that such actions would be met with targeted and calculated countermeasures.
It is noteworthy that before the war broke out, US President Joe Biden had said in the summer of 2021 that cyberattacks on the US would lead to a "real shooting war" with a major power.
A few months afterward, he excluded Russia from a cybersecurity conference to address cybercrime and ransomware, in which 30 countries participated.
Despite the exclusion of Russia, the United States hailed a "discernible decrease" of cyberattacks emanating from Russia.
Furthermore, just a month before the Ukraine war broke out and before the massive cyber offensives started taking place against Russia, the Biden administration unveiled a new federal cybersecurity strategy based on a "zero trust" standard to protect government systems from hostile hacks.
According to Washington, the strategy at hand would focus on advancing security measures that dramatically reduce the risk of successful cyber attacks against the federal government's digital infrastructure.
It would also enable agencies to detect, isolate, and respond to cybersecurity threats more rapidly.
The strategy, the White House said, would also detail a series of specific security goals for agencies, serving as a comprehensive roadmap for shifting the Federal Government to a new cybersecurity paradigm that would help protect the US.