In the near future the United States will carry out series of clandestine actions across Russian networks that are intended to be evident to President Vladimir Putin, his intelligence services and military but not to the wider world.
In addition, the United States plans to impose economic sanctions against Russia in response to hacking actions, which, according to the American side, were made by Moscow. Also, US President Joe Biden may sign a decree to strengthen government systems against the backdrop of cyberattacks.
Meanwhile, the attack on the widely used email Microsoft Corp. software is turning into a global cybersecurity crisis.
According to a former senior US official familiar with the investigation, the attack, which Microsoft claims began with a Chinese government-backed hacker group, has affected fewer than 60,000 businesses worldwide to date.
According to Huntress, a firm that monitors customer safety, the targeted victims of the attack include banks and electricity providers, as well as nursing homes and an ice cream company. One US cybersecurity company, which asked not to be named, said its experts alone worked with at least 50 victims of the attack, trying to quickly determine what data hackers might have compromised.