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From citywide blackouts to “unchecked destruction,” Russian cyberattacks could bring the West to its knees

RUSSIA is known for being particularly smart when it comes to cyber, so it’s no wonder western nations fear the worst.

From launching disinformation campaigns to unleashing sophisticated viruses, spy bosses have done it all long warned about the growing threat of state-sponsored Russian hacks.

Spy bosses have long warned of Russia's cyber power

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Spy bosses have long warned of Russia’s cyber powerPhoto credit: Getty

US President Joe Biden recently said that Vladimir Putin’s regime was “investigating” cyber attacks.

And the FBI has even told satellite operators about it “possible threats” after one of the biggest, Viasat, was hit just as the war in Ukraine started.

So what kind of cyberattacks is the West afraid of?

critical infrastructure

Of greatest concern would be a cyber attack on critical infrastructure such as energy.

We’ve seen what Russia is capable of here after being blamed for a 2015 cyberattack on Ukraine’s power grid.

The so-called black energy Malware caused a blackout lasting several hours in around 80,000 households.

And this is not the only incident in Ukraine.

Russia has also been associated with others to show everyone else what they are capable of.

experts say so BBC that Putin could try this in the West as well, but it would be risky as a similar attack could be traced back.

We also haven’t seen an attack that resulted in a permanent loss of power.

ransomware

Ransomware is prolific, but Russia has been blamed for one of the worst called NotPetya.

These lock people’s files and tell victims that the only way to get them back is to pay a ransom, usually in cryptocurrency so it can’t be traced.

But as experts say, you should never pay because the perpetrators just keep asking for more.

NotPetya hit an accounting software used in Ukraine back in 2017 before spreading globally and causing billions of dollars in damage.

While Russia could scale such attacks against the West, it also runs the risk of hitting its own people, which is probably not a good idea.

For this reason, both companies and individuals have been advised to strengthen their cyber defenses.

Wladimir Putin

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Wladimir PutinPhoto credit: AFP

In other news, the new Harry Potter video game Hogwarts legacy will feature some familiar faces, despite being set hundreds of years before most of the characters were even born.

A major Mars mission to find out if life could have ever existed on the planet delayed by up to six years at best, as Europe scrambles to replace Russian parts.

Internet users were asked not to use a popular piece antivirus software for fear it could be exploited by the Kremlin to spy on or launch cyberattacks.

And Instagram might be planning to bring back a way to see what you are friends like on the platform.


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