Does anyone else get the sense that Biden’s administration is leaking information to the press which would arouse sudden fear and patriotism in the American public, similar to that of 9/11 and the 20-year war in the Middle East?
Regardless, it appears Russia may be “considering” an attack, according to the Biden administration.
Russia may consider conducting a cyberattack on the U.S. homeland if Moscow perceived that a U.S. or NATO response to a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine “threatened [Russia’s] long-term national security,” according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence bulletin.
“Russia maintains a range of offensive cyber tools that it could employ against U.S. networks — from low-level denials-of-service to destructive attacks targeting critical infrastructure,” says the Jan. 23 memo, which DHS distributed to critical infrastructure operators and state and local governments.
DHS analysts assess that Moscow’s threshold for conducting disruptive or destructive cyberattacks on the U.S. homeland “probably remains very high,” the memo says. “We have not observed Moscow directly employ these types of cyberattacks against U.S. critical infrastructure — notwithstanding cyberespionage and potential prepositioning operations in the past.”
U.S. officials have been preparing for potential retaliatory cyberattacks from the Kremlin as Russia has threatened to invade Ukraine by amassing some 100,000 troops along the Ukraine border. The Treasury Department held a classified briefing that covered the issue for big U.S. banks, while the Energy Department has briefed America’s largest electric utilities on Russian cyber capabilities.
Ukraine last week was hit by a suspected Russian cyberattack that splashed a warning across government websites to “be afraid and expect the worst,” while Russia released pictures of more of its forces on the move.
The Biden administration has threatened to respond with sanctions that would severely hurt the Russian economy — something that has increased concern about potential cyberattacks on the U.S.
Intelligence leaders have said that sanctions, indicting hackers, and ejecting Moscow’s diplomats over past attacks have failed to discourage Russian cyberespionage operations or criminal ransomware attacks, Politico reported.
However the Biden administration wishes to spin the narrative, the United States does not – by any means – need to be involved in a military conflict in Eastern Europe. How much more death and devastation can the American public truly take? Is the Biden administration really that desperate to win over voters?
Author: Sebastian Hayworth