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FBI Braces for Russian Cyber Attacks in US as Ukraine Tensions Rise

The report directly mentioned the deteriorating security situation on Ukraine’s border in connection with the potential cyber threat.
Exercise support staff launch scenario injects for a training scenario as part of exercise TACET VENARI, held at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Regional Training Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 8, 2019. MASTER SERGEANT RENAE PITTMAN/U.S. AIR FORCE
Exercise support staff launch scenario injects for a training scenario as part of exercise TACET VENARI, held at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Regional Training Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, March 8, 2019. MASTER SERGEANT RENAE PITTMAN/U.S. AIR FORCE

An FBI report obtained by Newsweek has called on the U.S. private sector to be prepared for potential state-sponsored cyber attacks to be launched by Russia as tensions over Ukraine threaten to spill into an all-out conflict in Eastern Europe.

The Liason Information Report (LIR) was dated February 20 and attributed to the FBI Office of Private Sector.

“The FBI Cyber Division, in coordination with the FBI’s Office of Private Sector (OPS), prepared this LIR to inform the private sector about the threat of Russian state-sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) cyber activities, while tensions with Russia are heightened,” the report said.

“The FBI is engaging in efforts to support the U.S. response and to secure the Homeland from any Russian actions; historically, Russian state-sponsored APT cyber activities increase when tensions are high with Russia,” the report added.

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