January 30, 2023

The FBI has warned that hackers have scanned the networks of five U.S. energy companies ahead of Biden’s Russia cyber-attack alert.

The FBI issued the announcement a few days ago President Joe Biden has publicly warned As the Russian military continues to suffer heavy losses in Ukraine and Western sanctions on the Kremlin begin to bite, hackers affiliated with the Kremlin may target US companies.

Deputy National Security Adviser Anne Neuberger told a White House conference on Monday that Russia was “preparing” for cyber-attacks, including scanning websites and hunting for software vulnerabilities.

The FBI says at least 18 U.S. companies are being scanned in other areas, including security and financial services.

There have been no confirmed violations related to the scanning, but the FBI’s advice is the latest in a series of warnings that key infrastructure operators in the U.S. should be alert to potential Russian hacking. “Russia’s level of internet capability is very impressive, and it is coming,” Biden told business executives on Monday.

The FBI said in a statement that the data, which could identify Russia-based Internet Protocol addresses or systems, was “believed to be related to cybercriminals who had previously carried out destructive cyber activity against critical foreign infrastructure.”

“This scanning activity has increased since the beginning of the Russia / Ukraine conflict, which has led to greater exposure to future incursions,” the FBI memo said.

CBS News First reported In consultation with the FBI.

For months, the U.S. Department of Energy, Treasury and Homeland Security have been urging businesses to reduce the limits on reporting suspicious activity, explaining Russia’s hacking capabilities to major power utilities and banks.

CNN Reported on February 2nd A foreign hacking team has explored computer networks of American electrical utilities operating on liquefied natural gas facilities.
According to cybersecurity researchers, the hacking group developed the tools used in the 2017 incident that forced the closure of the Saudi petrochemical plant. Department of the Treasury in 2020 Allowed a Russian state-owned company It is said to have been involved in the incident.

It is not immediately clear whether the FBI refers to the same hacking group in its latest consultation. The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.