Do as I say, not as I do - Russia Edition
Alarm! Alarm! Russia is about to launch a cyberattack! We don't have any proof of it, but you need to be afraid of it right now.
Despite US tensions with Russia over Ukraine, DHS analysts assess that Moscow's threshold for conducting disruptive or destructive cyberattacks on the US homeland "probably remains very high," the memo says. "[W]e have not observed Moscow directly employ these types of cyber attacks against US critical infrastructure—notwithstanding cyber espionage and potential prepositioning operations in the past."
They've never done it, and we have no evidence that they will in the future. But we should show no tolerance for bad actors conducting cyberattacks on critical infrastructure.
That should be self-evident.
A group of Belarusian hackers on Monday said they have targeted a national railway company in an effort to hinder the movement of Russian troops, as tensions rise between Moscow and Kyiv amid reports of a Russian incursion into Ukraine.
The organization, dubbed Belarusian Cyber Partisans, tweeted on Monday that it encrypted some of Belarusian Railways’s servers, databases and workstations, which “disrupt[ed] its operations.”
Yuliana Shemetovets, a New York-based spokesperson for the hacking group, told The Associated Press that “Mostly commercial [freight] trains are affected.”
This group has repeatedly attacked Belarus' infrastructure and seeks to overthrow the government.
Which is why Washington has denounced this group...uh, I mean.
These guys are Freedom Fighters, and that's why the State Department has not denounced these brave Cyber Warriors.
The important thing is that we focus on the facts and don't give in to hyperbole.
"When we said it was imminent, it remains imminent," press secretary Jen Psaki said during a daily briefing. "But again, we can't make a prediction of what decision President Putin will make. We're still engaged in diplomatic discussions and negotiations."
Last week, President Joe Biden predicted during a news conference that Vladimir Putin would "move in" to Ukraine, though he also acknowledged no one truly knew the Russian leader's intentions.
Psaki also said last week "we believe we're now at a stage where Russia could at any point launch an attack on Ukraine."
On Tuesday, she suggested such an attack was impending.
"Imminent has a pretty intense meaning," she said, adding it was "correct" that nothing in the President's assessments had changed since last week.
It appears that only a miracle will save Ukraine from invasion now. Nevermind that Russia itself has accused the West of engaging in hysteria.
The fact of the matter is that the people closest to the action, the people who know what's what, all say that Russia is about to invade Ukraine.
In Ukraine, however, authorities have sought to project calm in order not to destabilize the situation and avoid panic — and many citizens have expressed skepticism that there will be an invasion soon.
In parliament, Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said that “as of today, there are no grounds to believe” that Russia is preparing to invade imminently, noting that its troops have not formed what he called a battle group that could force its way through the border.
“Don’t worry, sleep well,” he said. “No need to have your bags packed.”
Reznikov’s remarks follow multiple reassurances from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other officials. On Monday, Zelenskyy told the nation that the situation was “under control.”
Hmm. Well, that still doesn't excuse Russia for stirring people up in order to mask malicious intentions. America and NATO would never do that.
Russia has said Western accusations it is planning an attack are merely a cover for NATO’s own planned provocations....
Moscow has rejected Western demands to pull its troops back from areas near Ukraine, saying it will deploy and train them wherever necessary on its territory as a necessary response to what it called “hostile” moves by the U.S. and its allies.
Moscow has accused Ukraine of massing troops near rebel-controlled regions in the east, aiming to retake them by force — accusations Kyiv has rejected.
All right. I give up.