UK NCSC warns of new class of Russian cyber adversary threatening critical infrastructure

The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued an alert to critical national infrastructure (CNI) organisations warning of an emerging threat from state-aligned groups, particularly those sympathetic to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The alert states that newly emerged groups could launch “destructive and disruptive attacks” with less predictable consequences than those of traditional cybercriminals, with CNI organisations strongly encouraged to follow NCSC advice on steps to take when cyber threat is heightened.

The alert was issued on the first day of the NCSC’s CYBERUK conference in Belfast, where experts have gathered to consider topics under the theme of securing an open and resilient digital future. It also comes in the same week as new research that revealed the cost-of -living crisis could trigger a surge in cyberattacks and security issues impacting the UK’s CNI sector.

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