Russia Warns Growing Cyber Conflict With U.S. Could Spark War in Real World

By Tom O’Connor
Jun 10 2022

Russia’s top cyber diplomat has warned that a worsening conflict with the U.S. in cyberspace could lead to a real-world escalation between the two powers as both sides vowed to strike back against any virtual provocations.

Washington and Moscow have long denied conducting malicious cyber activities against one another, but U.S. Cyber Command Director General Paul Nakasone confirmed last week in an interview with Sky News that the Pentagon‘s cyber branch was involved in “a series of operations across the full spectrum,” including those both “offensive” and “defensive” in nature, as well as “information operations,” in support of Ukraine as it struggles to fend off a Russian incursion launched in February.

Days after the senior U.S. military official’s comments, Russian special presidential representative for cooperation in the field of information security Andrey Krutskikh accused the U.S. of having “unleashed cyber aggression against Russia and its allies” in an interview Monday with the newspaper Kommersant.

Reached for comment by Newsweek regarding the nature of Moscow’s potential response, the Russian Foreign Ministry shared a statement attributed to Krutskikh in which he asserted that “rest assured, Russia will not leave any aggressive actions unanswered.”

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