Work from home culture could fuel Russian Cyber Attacks

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Intelligence agencies from the west have issued a special alert yesterday stating that the Work from Home (WFH) culture could add fuel to Russian Cyber Attacks and may rise their success score from 30% to 70%.

An alert issued by Five Eyes Alliance comprising countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK and US cautioned the companies managing critical infrastructure and asked them to keep a strict vigil on employees working from home.

Usually, employees following the WFH cultural pattern do not follow the basic required cyber hygiene because they feel hackers can never target them.

But Five Eyes claims that none on the internet are safe and so should take proper precautions to safeguard their networks from malicious cyber threats.

Those business sectors that are under constant threat are nuclear power plants, airports, bus and rail transits, water utilities, power sector and fuel supply.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has already issued a serious warning that all those nations supporting Ukraine will have to face his country’s wrath and might face nuclear power invasion if forced.

Five Eyes claims that Russian FSB and GRU have received an order from Kremlin they prepared for a digital assault on nuclear reactors operating in the west from the first week of May.

FBI has issued an alert that hacking groups named Mummy Spider, Killnet, Salty Spider and The Xaknet Team have been assigned attacking government networks to the core with malware or other spying tools. Their aim in doing so is to collect information about the population, military intelligence and cybersecurity measures, followed by private firms.

Therefore, all CIOs and CTOs of businesses operating in the west are being urged to proactive upgrade their networks with required software and enforce multi-factor authentication at the earliest.

Microsoft authenticated the threat update released by Five Eyes and added that Russian has been launching constant cyber assaults on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure from the day it began the invasion from the early hours of February 24th,2022.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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