“This is not a sanction. This is a cyberattack.”
Against the backdrop of the Ukrainian crisis, the West continues to deliver anti-Russian sanctions strikes affecting a variety of areas. Cyberspace is no exception. In the United States, the possibility of disconnecting Russia from the Internet is being discussed. The President of the All-Russian Police Association, Doctor of Law, Honored Lawyer of Russia, Professor Lieutenant General Yuri Zhdanov spoke about the prospects and risks of such a step.
– No, this is not a sanction, this is a cyberattack. And they themselves announced such intentions. So, on April 14, The Washington Post published an article by Dmitry Alperovich, co-founder and chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, as well as co-founder and former CTO of CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity company, and Samuel Charap, senior political scientist at RAND Corporation. I name their titles in such detail that there is an understanding of the seriousness of these statements and intentions. The article is titled: “Russian cyberattacks may be coming. What would be the optimal response strategy?” The authors of the article explain in detail why it is necessary to disconnect Russia from the Internet.
– Of course. The article explains literally on the fingers that Moscow, exhausted by Western economic sanctions, has the only option left to somehow survive – to launch a crushing cyber strike on the United States.
Quote: “The Kremlin could target major Western financial institutions… Russia could also launch attacks on US energy companies to disrupt oil and gas pipelines, refineries and storage facilities. Attacks of this kind could lead to significant power outages in the United States, higher gas prices, and worsening inflation, both of which are already at historically high levels…” As usual, nothing personal, just business.
And this supposedly our cyberattack must be preempted. There is only one way to do this – to cut down the Internet in Russia.
– They are not fools there either, they perfectly understand that it is impossible to do this completely and forever. But if the Internet is turned off for a short time, literally for a couple of hours, but all over Russia at the same time and suddenly, then, according to their estimates, the consequences for our country will be comparable to the results of a tactical nuclear strike.
– Here, indeed, question. I guess they are afraid. And so they urge their “cyberfighters” in every possible way – at least publicly – not to be particularly zealous: “It would be useful to develop a response that could demonstrate to the Kremlin a powerful demonstration of US capabilities, but at the same time avoid large-scale destruction that could lead to escalation.” That is, they understand that some kind of failure, the so-called random scenario, can take the conflict beyond cyberspace. And in response, at least Iskanders will fly.
But, on the other hand, we are witnessing an intelligently disguised provocation. The speculation in an “independent” American newspaper about a possible shutdown of the Internet in Russia is a probing of our positions. What if, as in the 80s and 90s, we give up slack?..