The news: During Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, it has faced resistance from Ukrainian military and civilians and crushing US-led economic sanctions, all of which could lead to Russian hackers targeting US companies, per Ars Technica.
How we got here: The Biden administration warned this week that there's a heightened alert for Kremlin-sponsored strikes on US-based firms and utilities.
Shields up! The announcement is a call to action for Americans to proactively harden their cyberdefenses. “This is a critical moment to accelerate our work to improve domestic cybersecurity and bolster our national resilience,” President Biden said in a statement.
The big takeaway: While the American government and the public sector are preparing for potential cyberattacks, the call to action is a global concern. World systems and networks are inextricably connected, which means weak spots could exist anywhere.
Russian military-intelligence hackers sent the NotPetya malware into Ukrainian networks in 2017, and the infection spread to a small US hospital system, which lost the use of its Windows PCs and was frozen out of a medical transcription service used by hundreds of hospitals, per the Atlantic.
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