U.S. preparing retaliatory cyberattack against Russia – media

The covert cyber operations will be combined with new sanctions, sources say.REUTERSREUTERS

In the coming weeks, Washington is set to launch cyber operations against the Russian Federation as a response to the efforts by Russian hackers aimed against U.S. digital infrastructure.

That’s according to the New York Times referring to a number of U.S. officials.

The U.S. will conduct covert operations targeting Russian networks in the next three weeks, sources claim. They should be obvious to the Russian armed forces, intelligence agencies, and President Vladimir Putin, but not to the general public.

Officials said these actions will be combined with certain sanctions set to be imposed on Russia, as well as U.S. measures to strengthen security of own networks.

At the same time, the US is considering the possibility of a similar confrontation with China. Chinese hackers are suspected of attacking Microsoft’s email servers.

According to Microsoft, hackers tried to gain access to information from American universities, Pentagon contractors, scientific institutions involved in infectious disease studies, as well as law firms.

Earlier, Microsoft accused the Russian foreign intelligence service of a similar attack.

SolarWinds: Background

Almost all U.S. government agencies were affected by a massive cyberattack in December 2020. The hack occurred through the SolarWinds Orion Platform product management system update server (its versions 2019.4 – 2020.2.1 HF1), as reported on the NSDC’s website.

The attack is linked to the activities of the APT29, or Cozy Bear, hacker group, believed to be affiliated with Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service.

(C)UNIAN 2021

5 comments

  • Why telegraph it ahead? They should have hit them massively and then denied it. But first they should have hacked into all the offshore accounts held by the putler gang and cleaned them out.

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    • Part of the retaliation will likely be psyops. This should put the Moskali in their right place and know it is coming and notafuckingthing they can do about it. The US military are even telling them it will last for three weeks, lol. Torture for the invaders………

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  • stanleyankiewicz

    Solar Winds hack was an act of war.
    The United States has some unbelievable capabilities when it comes to cyberwarfare.
    It’s time to take the gloves off!

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  • “They should be obvious to the Russian armed forces, intelligence agencies, and President Vladimir Putin, but not to the general public.”

    Smart move, meaning Muscovy won’t whine about it, because it will show their cyber defenses are not all they are cracked up to be. A bit like their super duper, hypersonic, supersonic , invisible weapons.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    We’ve been here before. It was only a couple of years ago when we announced a retaliatory cyber attack. I guess it was a day late and a Nickle short. Come on, guys of cybersecurity, get it going and slam this trash country with whatever you have. And, I agree FULLY with Mr. Scradge; hit their offshore accounts and ransack them (another thing we’ve been wanting to see for a long time)!

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