Ukraine accuses Russia of hacking, the US and its allies are ready to respond

On February 15, US and European officials said they were ready to respond to Russian cyberattacks amid escalating tensions over Ukraine.

However, the scope of retaliatory actions or sanctions will depend on the severity of Russia’s attacks, the officials said.

The US and its allies are ready to retaliate against Russia’s cyber attacks

Speaking hours after Ukraine announced that its Defense Ministry and two of its banks had been hacked, US President Joe Biden told reporters. Reuters Washington is working closely with NATO allies and other partners to expand defenses against threats in cyberspace.

US and European officials said the attacks were blamed on Russia by Western security experts. However, the Russian Federal Security Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment Reuters.

“The president has said that we will respond to Russia’s actions in the event that it is not a military invasion,” a US official said. But how to respond will depend on the extent of the cyber attacks.

Meanwhile, a European diplomat said that cyberattacks are part of Russia’s strategy and have been used by Moscow in previous military confrontations with Georgia and Ukraine.

“It’s part of their strategy,” the official added, stressing the West’s determination to use concerted action to hold Moscow accountable for its cyberattacks and attacks. other misconduct.

While US, European and Canadian officials have outlined a detailed sanctions strategy if Russian forces invade Ukraine, there are no similarly detailed plans for how to respond, the sources said. network attacks.

That’s partly because it can take a long time to determine who is responsible, especially in the case of distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks, officials said.

Stronger and more damaging attacks could trigger a harsher response, one of the European officials said. And some countries including France often want to avoid being publicly held accountable for cyberattacks.

A cyber expert familiar with Western plans said the response could involve actions other than sanctions, including physical or cyber attacks on servers. related.

Many Russians responsible for past cyberattacks have appeared on the sanctions blacklist, but many more could be added to the blacklist, two of the officials said.

Negotiations between US and European officials in recent weeks have focused more on fine-tuning sanctions that could be imposed in the event of an actual invasion.

“There is no detailed roadmap on what to do in the event of a cyber attack,” said one European diplomat. That will depend on the specific circumstances of each case.”

Phan Van Hoa(according to Reuters)

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