Joe Biden Warns Against Impending Russian Cyberattacks

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Mar 23, 2022

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Biden asked executives in the private sector to strengthen their companies’ online defenses capabilities. 

Mounting Cyber Threats

President Joe Biden has issued an urgent warning concerning Russia’s potential cyber threat to the United States. He gave the notice while speaking at the Business Quarterly Meeting in Washington on Monday. According to Biden, “evolving intelligence” showed that Russia is exploring the option of mounting cyberattacks against US businesses and infrastructure.

The president had earlier mentioned the possibility of a cyber threat following sanctions issued on Russia for the Ukrainian invasion. In his statement, he doubled down on that warning, suggesting that the cyberattacks might be retaliation.

“I have previously warned about the potential that Russia could conduct malicious cyber activity against the United States, including as a response to the unprecedented economic costs we’ve imposed on Russia alongside our allies and partners,” he said. 

“Today, my Administration is reiterating those warnings based on evolving intelligence that the Russian government is exploring options for potential cyberattacks.”

The US President called on leaders in the private sector to tighten their defenses against the rising threat. “You have the power, the capacity, and the responsibility to strengthen the cybersecurity and resilience of the critical services and technologies on which Americans rely.”

Russia has reportedly targeted Ukrainian institutions with destructive cyberattacks and malware even before the invasion kicked off a month ago. Now, that could spread to the US and other countries that have imposed punitive measures.

“A Call to Action”

In a briefing, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger said that there was “no certainty” of an attack on critical infrastructure.

The advisor reiterated Biden’s warnings and issued a “call to action and a call to responsibility”. She said private sector “owners and operators have the ability and the responsibility to harden the systems and networks we all rely on.”

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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