Political Games Empower Russian Cyber ​​Attacks – InsideSources

The United States faces an alarming and growing threat of cyberattacks from Russia. Some in Congress would exacerbate these dangers by passing legislation that would force America’s leading technology companies to give customers and competitors in the US and overseas access to their software, hardware and operating systems.

The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency (CISA) has been open about Russia.

“The Russian government engages in malicious cyber activities to enable large-scale cyberespionage, suppress certain social and political activities, steal intellectual property, and harm regional and international adversaries.” Says CISA on his website.

During an April 17 60 Minutes interview, CISA Director Jen Easterly said: “We see new information developing about Russia’s plans for potential attacks. And we have to assume that there will be a break. There will be an incident. There will be an attack.”

Last year, a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, believed to have been carried out by criminals in Russia but not by the Russian government itself, caused widespread disruption, although it lasted only a few days. Coordinated, sustained attacks by the Russian government would do exponentially more damage.

Against this background, the Senate is about to vote American Innovation and Choice Online Act that would increase these dangers. Introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, it broadly requires big tech companies to share information about back-end infrastructure, ie hardware and software , to competitors and third parties.

While exceptions apply to cybersecurity threats, the language governing this is vague and the enforcement powers accorded to regulators are exceptionally strong. With companies facing fines of up to 10 percent of annual sales for non-compliance, the pressure to give in will be significant.

Bad actors don’t announce that they are bad actors before entering companies. Given this and the heightened threats from Russia, now is the time to be extra cautious about granting such access. Even the European Union has not been as ruthless from a cybersecurity perspective as AICO would be.

Regardless of how events in the war with Ukraine unfold, Russia’s cyber attack risk will be extremely high for the next year or more. A Ukrainian victory or humiliation on the battlefield could prompt Russia to lash out and flex its cyber muscles to deter US support for the Ukrainians’ valiant and honorable struggle.

And a Russian victory with sanctions still in place could prompt President Vladimir Putin to use the internet as a weapon to contain sanctions.

Russia has already been blatantly involved in cyberattacks on Ukraine’s postal service, Ukraine’s power grid and a Saudi Arabian oil refinery. And we know that there are no limits to Russian brutality in Ukraine.

As the US Chamber of Commerce has documentedAmerica’s big tech companies, including Google, Microsoft and Amazon, play a crucial role in preventing cyber attacks in Ukraine. Many other world-class companies help protect us from attacks on the power grid, including Raytheon Technologies, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and Forescout.

These companies know that now is a time for extra cybersecurity vigilance that the US Congress should take to heart.

The move to bash big tech through AICO has brought together those on the left who despise large, successful private companies and those on the right who believe big tech is politically biased and scuttled the 2020 presidential election. But these companies’ ruthless opening up to potential adversaries solves none of these concerns. At the same time, it strengthens Russia and harms many entrepreneurial and other companies.

Like many politically sound measures that are gaining traction, AICO is fraught with danger and should be submitted before it becomes a catalyst for major damage.

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John Walker

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